Friday – November 17, 2017

OWL Writing Tips - Paragraph and Essay Structure Model

The following is a model example of the organization of paragraphs and pssays:

Model Paragraph

Model Essay

Introduction

The topic sentence introduces the paragraph, expresses its main idea, and controls its content.

The thesis statement, by itself or with other sentences, expresses the main idea.

Body

A series of sentences support the topic sentence, using one or more methods of development.

A series of paragraphs support the thesis statement, using one or more methods of development. The paragraphs may or may not have their own topic sentences.

Conclusion

A sentence summarizing the paragraph repeats the topic sentence in a heightened form, or in some way "clinches" the subject.

A paragraph summarizing the essay repeats the thesis statement in a heightened form, or in some way "clinches" the subject.

The Structure of a Typical Paragraph

The Structure of a Typical Essay 

ParaStructure
 EssayStructure