Paragraphs. Function Form Flow. FUNCTION. The function or purpose of a good paragraph is to introduce a claim and discuss textual ‘evidence’ relating to that claim
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The function or purpose of a good paragraph is to introduce a claim and discuss textual ‘evidence’ relating to that claim
The best paragraphs have a clear function—that is, they introduce a claim that fits into the overarching argument of the essay, but it is still its own little self-contained world, too. It has a function of its own, as well as a function within the overall argument.
A well-formed paragraph introduces the claim—your idea—that is, a paragraph should present the claims, or sub-arguments that fit into the overarching argument you present in the essay. A paragraph is its own little world, a self-contained unit that fits into the overall system of your argument.
A good paragraph also includes evidence to substantiate your claim, along with a discussion of that evidence to make your case.
There are many ways to make smooth transitions between paragraphs:
1. Repeat words or names from the previous paragraph.
2. Return to an idea you established in the previous paragraph.
3. Offer a new idea that either revises or contradicts the idea your presented in the previous paragraph to advance your argument and keep the essay moving forward.
What are some other ways to transition between paragraphs effectively?
Lead the paragraph with your Claim (a), even if it is a claim you will revise in the paragraph
Body of the paragraph should feature a discussion of relevant evidence, not just an assertion of that evidence.
Conclude a paragraph by revisiting the original claim, but revising it, moving it forward: Claim (a) + (b).