You might have been told to put it at the very end of the intro paragraph, and that is fine.
Just know that in the REAL WORLD, writing does not always follow these neat little formulas
Real writers are decision makers!
Still with me?
Okay, Now What?
3-4 Body Paragraphs!
You will develop ONE argument, supported by evidence in EACH body paragraph (Think about order of arguments!!)
I will only require 3-4; in the real world, the bodies of essays can be MUCH, MUCH longer.
School is the “fake” world.
What Should Be in A Body Paragraph?
Each body paragraph should develop ONE of the ideas introduced in your INTRODUCTION or ONE of the items in your thesis (if you wrote a thesis this way)
This idea is expressed with a TOPIC sentence.
This is ONE of your arguments (defending your position)
Body paragraphs (cont’d)
Give detailed TEXTUAL EVIDENCE which further “proves” your case (with proper documentation, of course)
Follow evidence with 1-3 sentences that explain your analysis of quote and how it supports your argument
Compose a concluding sentences that “clinches” this particular argument.
He’ll need to provide “evidence” for this claim!
How Do I Properly Use Text in My Argument?
Contrary to popular belief, quotes are NOT to be used to simply FILL SPACE!
Writers use quotes to prove positions the same way a lawyer uses evidence to defend a client.
Quotes MUST be relevant and DIRECTLY related to the case you are arguing.
Can You Show Me an Example?
Here is a student’s thesis statement:
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald employs the character of Daisy Buchanan to express a moral truth: money cannot buy happiness.
Topic Sentence of First Body Paragraph (with context)
Daisy Buchanan has everything that the American dream constitutes- a handsome man, a baby, a huge house, and enough money never to have to work. She puts on an act of being sophisticated and the perfect wife; however, inside she feels she has no purpose. Her husband is cheating on her, and there is nothing much for her to do with her time except use the money they have (She has even hired a nanny to take care of her child.)
Textual Evidence Used to Support Argument
The sad state she is in is expressed when she tells Nick how she “think[s] everything’s terrible anyhow” and that when her daughter was born, the first thing she said was, “I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool- that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool,” (21).
Warrant- Explanation of How Quotes Supports Argument
Daisy’s words clearly indicate her lack of contentment with her life as well as her belief that her daughter cannot expect to be much happier
And Now for the Clincher. . .
Even though Daisy appears to be put together and to have everything she wants, on the inside she is aching for more than what she has settled for. The “clincher” ASSERTIVELY restates first argument (first TOPIC sentence)
It doesn’t have to be complicated!
What About the Conclusion?
A brief summary of your arguments (rephrased) OR a “closing argument”
A reworded restatement of thesis (This is placed where it is MOST effective to your purpose)
Reader should walk away from paper glad to have read it
End with PIZZAZZ!
How About an Example
If you insist!
F. Scott Fitzgerald has contributed much to the world of literature, due to his eloquent written language and ability to dissect the human heart and display it on a page. The Great Gatsby exemplifies how even though some may view the wealthy as people who have achieved everything in life, wealth is often the cloak of invisibility hiding troubles underneath. The American dream, acquiring and maintaining great wealth and status, would seem to be a straight path to happiness, but as the lives of characters in this novel show, this is only an illusion. In the 1920s or today, true happiness is not purchased but is found within. Fitzgerald’s novel sends a warning through the decades. Are we listening?
Hang in there….almost there!
You may have more than 3 body paragraphs, but 3 is the minimum
Maintain “scholarly” tone. No slang. Use thesaurus to find precise wording.