For the course project, you will write a five-paragraph essay on your chosen topic, presenting an informed, cohesive opinion.
In previous modules, you created your thesis statement and developed an introductory paragraph. In this assignment, you will work on the main body paragraphs of your essay.
The body paragraphs make the connection between your thesis and the conclusion. In your body paragraphs, you will explain the implications of your opinion. This is the place to give the “how” and “why”—why you believe your subject or opinion to be true, how your ideas can be implemented, and how you understand this topic well enough to write about it.
Each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence. This sentence is a kind of mini-thesis statement that introduces the ideas of the paragraph. For example, if my thesis statement is “History textbooks for young people do not include enough information about the recent past,” I might start a paragraph about the Vietnam War by saying, “Five history textbooks devote only two pages to the Vietnam War, while others lack crucial information.”
Create three supporting paragraphs for your essay. Be sure your supporting paragraphs have the following:
- A central idea that follows your thesis
- A topic sentence that explains what the paragraph will be about
- An appropriate transition to the topic in the next paragraph
- Supporting details/examples
- Suitable grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Include your thesis statement at the top of the paper to reiterate your main idea and make it easier for your instructor to check your body paragraphs.