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Answered By: Cassie Sampson, Education & General Education Librarian
Last Updated: May 27, 2016     Views: 1097

Paragraph 1: Introduction

  • Introduce your topic, interest the reader, and make the last sentence your thesis statement.

Paragraphs 2-4: Body

  • All paragraphs should have a topic sentence that relates to your thesis statement
  • Back up your topic sentence with examples or evidence that support your thesis statement

Paragraph 5: Conclusion

  • Summarize your main points
  • Re-assert your thesis statement


  • The reader should know your argument by reading the introduction and conclusion.
  • Make sure to cite resources from your readings that identify how it relates to your thesis.
  • A paragraph is about 5 to 7 sentences in length.