The Art of Paragraphing in an Essay
Learning to write effective paragraphs is learning how to write an essay. Each paragraph— the largest building block in the essay— just like the essay has an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.
A good essay writer knows how to construct a good essay paragraph. It should introduce a claim, talk about it, cement it through information and evidence, delve into its counters, and leave the reader at the last sentence with a sense of closure of one part and hinting towards the continuation of the essay theme in the next.
The golden rule for the essay paragraphs: Each paragraph should contain only one idea.
Perfecting the paragraph length
Despite the essay being all about the text and what it communicates, the reader loves nothing better than white space. So the next time you are writing a long essay, and you find yourself on the same essay up to a quarter of a page, it’s time that you stop and give a white space for the reader to take a breath.
The paragraph should also not be too short too. Split a paragraph if it gets too long, but make it so that the next one is connected to the first and that it has enough content to talk in-depth about the subject at hand. A paragraph with a few lines should either be discarded or merged with another one.
Always ask yourself if the text is more palatable if you separate it into different paragraphs, or if it should remain as a single paragraph. With a good logical flow in the paragraph and with optimal signposting the even the lengthy paragraphs can be just as effective as the comparatively shorter ones.
Starting the paragraph
Before starting the new paragraph be sure to know what your main idea for the paragraph is. You should have an outline to follow regarding the contents of the paragraph i.e. the background, evidence, and examples, counterarguments, analysis and evaluation, and the conclusion.
Most of the essaywriter start with a topic sentence, which consists of anywhere from one to three lines.
There are different kinds of topic sentences:
Transition sentences: The paragraph starts with an allusion to the previous point. Mostly these sentences are complex sentences, with the allusion coming after subordinating conjunction.
Questions: Questions can be a great way to start a paragraph? They introduce the subject claim, as well as engage the reader’s mind. It’s a great way to introduce the subject and encourage the reader to read on.
Bridges: This technique uses signposts and transition sentences to connect one paragraph with another. A good use for this type of starting is when you divide aparagraph into half due to its length. The new paragraph will start from where the previous one has left off.
How to write a paragraph?
The paragraph is written in three phases:
The introduction will consist of presenting the main claim of the paragraph and will connect to the previous paragraph or its idea.
This is the part where you will present your argument in detail and back them with strong evidence. You will also further your analysis by exploring and putting down counters to your argument.
The essay will conclude by connecting the argument back to the thesis statement.
The arrangement of paragraphs in the essay and the paragraph’s internal structure should be kept in mind while writing each paragraph. The paragraph structure should allow the reader to get an overview of the essay just by looking at the topic sentences and follow the arguments easily with a coherent argumentative style common to each paragraph.