Argumentation within paragraphs
A closer look at a paragraph in the body section of the essay allows us to see how a main point is established then supported with evidence from the literature. Critical thinking can help you develop argumentation within your own writing. The paragraph example below develops the point in the example essay that the divisiveness between the states was another major obstacle to national unity. Notice how paraphrased information from source material is used to develop and to provide support for the idea presented in the topic sentence.
Beginning student writers often rely too heavily on quotes to introduce ideas and theories. It is important to try and avoid this because your argument may be lost amongst the quotes and your argument will not be clear. Quotes should be used only when you want to provide extra support in the actual words of an established authority or a primary source for the point you are making in your topic sentence. Follow this link for more information on finding your voice in academic writing.
should clearly signal to your reader the main idea in
the paragraph. Following sentences should provide the explanation and
expansion of the point being made and help to establish the sources and
support necessary to strengthen your argument. This means that in the
body section of a good essay, you should be able to get a sense of the
overall argument by reading only the topic sentences. Try this when editing
your drafts you will get a sense of whether your argument and ideas
are flowing logically, or need to be re-ordered.
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