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Unit 1: Planning your essayUnit 2: Structuring paragraphsUnit 3: Introductions & conclusionsUnit 4: Writing persuasivelyUnit 5: Writing cohesively

Overview: structuring paragraphs

Good paragraph writing makes a text easy to follow and understand. When you start a new paragraph, you send a signal to your readers telling them that:

  • you are introducing a new argument.
  • you are introducing a new aspect of the current argument which you intend to elaborate and support.

Note that a paragraph is not the same as an argument. A single argument can have a number of ideas or points within it and therefore be spread over a number of paragraphs.

Each component of a paragraph contributes to the clarity of your arguments. Paragraphing guides the reader as you introduce, elaborate and synthesise your arguments and then draw your essay to a conclusion.

Paragraphs have their own internal structure. Like arguments and essays, they have introductions, bodies and conclusions.