How to Write a Body Paragraph

Drafting Body Paragraphs

Drafting Body Paragraphs

Body paragraphs should follow the thesis statement of a composition. This is both in the order they are written and that all the body paragraphs are going to support the thesis statement. You want to supply supporting ideas, details, and arguments in your body paragraphs.

Many writers choose to start with the body paragraphs. This is because they know what they want to write about, or they at least have some ideas, but maybe they don’t have their thesis in mind yet. They haven’t refined a thesis statement yet, so many writers will write out all of the body paragraphs first. They’ll get their ideas down on paper and develop a thesis statement from that, which works out perfectly, because your body paragraphs are supposed to follow and support the thesis, and the thesis statement is supposed to encompass all of your body paragraphs.

Each paragraph that is a body paragraph should express a single supporting idea. You shouldn’t have multiple supporting ideas in one paragraph. Pick a main supporting idea, then give more details about that one. Back of that one, single, supporting idea within that body paragraph. Usually, you will find the supporting idea at the beginning of the paragraph.

The writer will let you know right away what their supporting idea is that they’re presenting in that body paragraph. Sometimes, the writer will save it for the end of the paragraph as a dramatic gesture, or it might be in the second sentence if the first sentence was used as a transition between body paragraphs. Usually, you’ll find your single supporting idea spelled out for you and the beginning of a paragraph.

However, all sentences in the body paragraphs should support both the main idea of that paragraph and the thesis statement of the essay as a whole. Whenever you’re writing your body paragraphs, every sentence should still be supporting that main idea (that single supporting idea of the paragraph) and it should be backing up your thesis statement. Your thesis statement was supposed to be broad enough to encompass everything that you’re going to write about.

Your body paragraphs should be able to support your thesis statement without specifically restating it. Each body paragraph should not repeat this thesis statement. You don’t want to repeat your thesis statement over and over throughout your paper. What you want to do is state your thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. All your body paragraphs should be supporting that thesis with details and in your conclusion, you don’t want to repeat the thesis statement, but you want to echo it.

You want to give your readers a final reminder of what it was that you were writing about, what your main idea was. The thesis should simply be developed, expanded, and refined in the body paragraphs. The body paragraphs are simply there to be that. They’re the body of the essay. They’re the meat of it. That’s where you’re getting all your details from.

The thesis tells you what you’re going to be writing about. The body paragraph is where you’re actually writing it. You’re giving all those details. Most of your information is going to be found in your body paragraphs. Just remember: When you’re drafting body paragraphs, get your supporting ideas in there, but stick to one, single, supporting idea per paragraph, and make sure that every supporting idea is supporting that main thesis statement.



by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: August 14, 2019