After the introduction come the physical body paragraphs. They generally take up most of the essay.
Paragraphs contain three sections that are main
- the thesis statement
- nearby paragraphs
The acronym PIE (which is short for Point/Illustration/Explanation) can be helpful to remember as a guide for developing well-structured, coherent paragraphs. Academic paragraphs are usually at the least three sentences long, but can be longer. However, don’t make those sentences too long. As a rough guide, a sentence longer than three lines is too long.
All paragraphs ought to be focused: they should discuss only 1 major point. That point should relate solely to the overall focus associated with the essay (as described when you look at the thesis statement).
The main point of a paragraph is usually called the >essay that is controlling.
Body paragraphs will frequently start out with a listing of the >essay that is controlling.
The rest of the paragraph supports that main point (the topic sentence), by explaining it in more detail, giving an example, or citing evidence that reinforces it.