- Five-Paragraph Essay
- Modes of Discourse
- Paragraph Transition
- Practice in Supporting a Topic Sentence with Specific Details
- Transitional Paragraph
Examples of Body Paragraphs in Student Essays:
- How to Catch River Crabs (paragraphs 2 and 3)
- Learning to Hate Mathematics (paragraphs 2-4)
- Rhetorical Analysis of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (paragraphs 2-13)
- Time for an Anthem the Country Can Sing (paragraphs 2-4)
- Watching Baseball, Playing Softball (paragraphs 2-4)
- "The body paragraphs are the 'meat' of your work. Each paragraph should be composed of related sentences that make a single point. Together they should develop your controlling idea or thesis and maintain unity by supporting the claim made in your topic sentence.
"Each paragraph should have a topic sentence that provides a supporting idea for the thesis and indicates to the reader what the paragraph will discuss."
(Sara Hinton, Passing the Georgia End of Course Test in American Literature and Composition. American Book Company, 2007)
- Structure of a Body Paragraph: TAXES
"The following acronym will help you achieve the hourglass structure of a well-developed body paragraph:
Topic Sentence (a sentence that states the one point the paragraph will make)TAXES gives you a formula for building the supporting paragraphs in a thesis-driven essay."
Assertion statements (statements that present your ideas)
eXample(s) (specific passages, factual material, or concrete detail)
Explanation (commentary that shows how the examples support your assertion)
Significance (commentary that shows how the paragraph supports the thesis statement)
(Kathleen Muller Moore and Susie Lan Cassel, Techniques for College Writing: The Thesis Statement and Beyond. Wadsworth, 2011)
- Key Traits of an Effective Body Paragraph: DUCTT
"Here is an acronym for remembering some key traits of an effective body paragraph: DUCTT. . . .
(David Sabrio and Mitchel Burchfield, Insightful Writing: A Process Rhetoric with Readings. Houghton Mifflin, 2009)