Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide

Essay Lab Glossary


Body Paragraph


Essays want to be recognized for more than just their bodies. Unfortunately for them, we’re pretty shallow, so we’re going to ogle their physique for a second.

Any paragraph in your essay that isn’t the Introduction or the Conclusion is a Body Paragraph. So in other words, it’s all that stuff in the middle. In an academic essay, there are usually at least three body paragraphs. Each one makes a single point in support of the thesis using evidence, reasoning, quotes, and examples. Unfortunately, your pretty drawings have no place in an essay, no matter how profound. Which is a shame, because you can do, like, the best unicorns.

In order to develop body paragraphs, you could answer the following questions:

  • What’s the point you are trying to make?
  • How do you know?
  • How does the evidence support the point?
  • What does it all mean? (For more on this one, click here)

Also see: Paragraph, Topic Sentence, Support