03.06 Writing Narrative Body Paragraphs In Essays

03.06 Writing Narrative Body ParagraphsLuke BridgesPart OneDirections: First, choose a topic. BEFOREWhat happened beforethe story in “The Cask of Amontillado?”Next, complete the graphic organizer by adding details to each section so that you are planning the details for your Narrative Essay.BeginningMiddleEndMontresor invites Fortunato over for some advice.Montresor’s dark secret got spread into the city, even across the country.The secret got spread world wide.He tells Fortunato a dark secret.Fortunato is wanted by Montresor because of what he did.Montresor is embarrassed on what his secret was.He expects Fortunato to keep his secret from the past.His secret is not a secret anymore.Montresor is scared to trust anyone now Montresor is scared to trust anyone now because his secret got spread world wide when itwas supposed to stay with one person.Fortunato is not a true friend becausehe spread the He was not feelinggood.Fortunato’s heart felt sick from all the

Body Paragraphs

A body paragraph is a group of related sentences about a particular topic or idea directly relating to the thesis. Because essays are composed of multiple body paragraphs, writing and organizing good paragraphs is one of the most important aspects of creating a well-organized and developed essay. 

The term body paragraph refers to any paragraph that follows the introduction and comes before the conclusion. The majority of any essay consists of multiple body paragraphs, and it is in these paragraphs where the main information is presented. The longer an essay is, the more body paragraphs there will be. Because the body paragraphs present the important facts and information from an essay, having well-written body paragraphs is essential in writing a successful essay. 
The following are important aspects of all body paragraphs:

  • A clear topic sentence
  • Specific evidence or supporting detail
  • Examples
  • Unity and cohesion
  • Transitions between sentences and paragraphs
  • A concluding sentence that ties the evidence or details back to the main point and brings the paragraph to a close

A topic sentence generally appears early in a body paragraph (often the 1st or 2nd sentence) and controls the paragraph. A topic sentence is like a mini thesis sentence for each paragraph and serves to unify the contents of the paragraph.  Everything that follows in the paragraph needs to relate to the topic sentence. Not all essays call for explicit topic sentences, but most beginning writers should learn how to write effective topic sentences early on in order to achieve paragraph unity. More on topic sentences

No matter what type of essay is being written, all body paragraphs need to be fully developed and provide supporting detail.  This detail can come in the form of personal examples, statistics, and/or quotes from an expert.  When writing an essay that requires the use of research and outside sources, this information should be used to support the topic sentence. 

All body paragraphs should also provide transitions. These transitions need to occur within the individual sentences of a paragraph and from one paragraph to the next. More on transitions

For more information on writing an effective body paragraph, please see the body paragraph exercise page on this site.

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