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How to Write an Essay Paragraph

Updated February 21, 2017

Write down the main thesis of the essay. The main thesis of an essay is the central topic or idea that the essay will expand upon. The thesis statement is a reference by which every other sentence in the essay is judged.

Compose an intriguing opening sentence for the paragraph. The opening sentence of the paragraph hints at the content of the paragraph's body, while enticing the reader to continue. For example, an opening sentence like, "Opportunities for the emerging artist are varied in the digital age" sets the stage for an explanation of the available opportunities.

Add one or more supporting sentences to inform the reader on the thesis topic. Deliver on the information promised in the opening sentence with concise and direct supporting sentences. Use each body sentence to examine the thesis concept from a different angle.

Conclude the paragraph with a sentence that leads the reader to continue to the next paragraph in the essay. The final sentence can be used to raise another question that draws on the information included in the previous text. Avoid conflicting and repetitive statements in the conclusion sentence.

Read the essay paragraph carefully. Clarify sentences by making slight alterations to the wording. Correct grammatical and spelling errors.

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Tips

  • Write in active voice, and avoid using the words "I" and "you."
  • Restate the thesis concept in the final paragraph of the essay without using the same words that you used in the introduction.

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