body paragraphs revision for english prater

  • Instructions

    The Body RevisionFollow the directions below for the completion of the body paragraphs revision assignment for Unit VII. If you have questions, please email your professor for assistance.Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to revise the body of your academic argumentative research paper, which you created a draft of in Unit VI.Description: In this assignment, you will revise the three to four body paragraphs you wrote in Unit VI. The following requirements must be included in the assignment:

    • Body Paragraphs: You will revise the body section of your paper based on feedback received from your professor in Unit VI. Please review here the guidelines for the body section of your research paper: This section will include 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 450-600 words (for three to four paragraphs); a body section of this length will meet the minimum requirements of the assignment. Revisions must be substantive and should be made in accordance with the direction given by the professor’s feedback. The following components must be included in each body paragraph (in the following order).
      • Sentence 1: Point/reason sentence: This topic sentence will contain one of your reasons.
      • Sentence 2: Explanation: In this sentence, you will provide information that further develops or explains Sentence 1.
      • 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 explanation.
      • 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 another.
    • Be sure to include the introduction and literature review you have already created and revised.


Keandra, I am so impressed with the manner in which you have engaged all of the resources for your draft. I think that your writing process has greatly improved over the last weeks! You have really continued to develop your style–of course, you still need to work on paragraph development, sentence/evidence transitions, and such, but you appear to have a better understanding of how to engage the tools needed to accomplish these aspects of your writing. Remember that after revising an essay (perhaps several times) until we’re satisfied with its basic content and structure, we still need to edit our work. In other words, we need to examine our sentences to make sure that each one is clear, concise, forceful, and free of mistakes. Use this checklist as a guide when editing paragraphs and essays. Is each sentence clear and complete? Can any short, choppy sentences be improved by combining them? Can any long, awkward sentences be improved by breaking them down into shorter units and recombining them? Can any wordy sentences be made more concise? Can any run-on sentences be more effectively coordinated or subordinated? Does each verb agree with its subject? Are all verb forms correct and consistent? Do pronouns refer clearly to the appropriate nouns? Do all modifying words and phrases refer clearly to the words they are intended to modify? Is each word in the essay appropriate and effective? Is each word spelled correctly? Is the punctuation correct? Hope these help! Take care, Dr. Kat