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Body of Research Paper

Follow the directions below for the completion of the body paragraphs draft
assignment for Unit VI. If you have questions, please email your professor for

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to continue drafting your
academic argumentative research paper.

Description: In this assignment, you will write three to four body
paragraphs according to the form that is explained in “Lesson 3: The Body
Paragraphs.” The following requirements must be included in the assignment:

  • Body Paragraphs: You will construct three to four paragraphs comprised of
    five to seven sentences each. Each paragraph should be
    between 150-200 words. At a minimum, this portion of the
    paper should be around 450-600 words (for three to four
    paragraphs); a body section of this length will meet the
    minimum requirements of the assignment. The following components
    must be included in each body paragraph (in the following

    • Sentence 1: Point/reason sentence: This topic sentence will contain one
      of your reasons.
    • Sentence 2: Explanation: In this sentence, you provide information that
      further develops or explains Sentence
    • Sentence 3: Illustration: This sentence introduces evidence that
      supports the reason that is presented in
      Sentence 1.
    • Sentence 4: Explanation of the illustration: Because the evidence does
      not necessarily stand on its own, you
      need to provide explanation so that
      the reader will understand how you interpreted the
      evidence to come to your reason.
    • Sentences 5-6: Second illustration and explanation (optional): You may
      choose to include a second piece of
      evidence that is then followed by an
    • Last Sentence: Transition: In this sentence, you will signal to the
      reader that you will be moving on to
      another point in the next paragraph.
      You do this to ease the movement from one point to
  • Be sure to include the introduction and literature review you have
    already created and revised.
  • Use APA conventions to cite and reference all sources used to support your

Example: Click here to access an example paper with body paragraphs. This
is a real student example. It is not a perfect example for all grammar, syntax,
or APA, though it is in very good shape. The goal of viewing this example should
be to see the overall structure and content.

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