There are many ways to structure paragraphs in the body of your essay. Because of the great variety, I will not attempt to give an exhaustive account of different structures. Instead, and consistent with my approach throughout this book, I will establish some of the principles which should inform your thinking about body-paragraph structures (hereafter I will write ‘paragraph’, not ‘body-paragraph’). Having done this, I will analyse a number of examples. No activities are included in this chapter because the complete essays in Chapter 12 will give you a good opportunity to analyse paragraph structures. The way you structure a paragraph should be informed by the function of the paragraph. This function will largely be determined by how you want the paragraph to help you to respond to the essay question, and should also be influenced by the ever-present requirements that your essays demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking. This advice, however, is quite general. To understand what you can do in individual paragraphs, we need to return to the discussion of task words in Chapter 6.
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