Writing the Eleven Sentence Body Paragraph

Greetings, Jags!

For your Ancient Deity Research Paper, you are expected to collaboratively write a five-paragraph essay with elevenScreen Shot 2015-09-01 at 10.53.44 AM-sentence body paragraphs. To be successful, you need to make sure that every sentence serves the purpose it needs to serve. These purposes (specific to your Ancient Deity Research Paper prompt) are explained below.

One Topic Sentence

Your topic sentence is the sentence that tells your reader what the rest of paragraph will be about. This sentence must be specific enough to introduce the topic, but vague enough to lead into the more specific main idea chunks. The topic sentence should also refer back to the thesis, which also refers back to the prompt.

For this particular assignment, each topic sentence should be about a different characteristic that can be tied to Ancient Greek culture. If you are having trouble with your topic sentence, try using one of the formulas below:

  • God’s name, the god of ___, represents the importance of ____ to Ancient Greek culture.
  • God’s name is also the god of ___, meaning that ___ was important to Ancient Greek culture.
  • God’s name was personality trait, and the rewards or consequences of his/her trait indicate that the Ancient Greeks valued or did not value personality trait.

Of course, you are not limited to these topic sentence templates, but you may find them helpful when composing your own topic sentences.

Three Main Idea Chunks

One Main Idea Sentence per Chunk

The main idea sentence introduces a claim that supports your topic sentence.

For your essay on an Ancient Greek Deity, your three main ideas for each paragraph will be on the three things listed below:

  1. One specific characteristic of your god
  2. One specific myth exemplifying the characteristic from the first main idea
  3. An explanation of how the characteristic and the myth represent the values of Ancient Greek Culture

So, your main idea sentences may look something like the templates below:

  •  As the god of ___, god’s name was characteristic.
  • God’s name’s characteristic is evident/exemplified/shown/apparent in the myth about ___.
  • Since god’s name’s characteristic almost always led to rewards/consequences in Greek Mythology, the Ancient Greeks must have valued/frowned upon characteristic.

Remember, you are not limited to these main idea sentence templates, but you may find them helpful when composing your main idea sentences.

One Textual Evidence Sentence per Chunk

The textual evidence sentence provides a quote from a text, or paraphrased information from a text, that supports the main idea sentence.

The textual evidence sentences for each main idea chunk should have an embedded quote from research or myths. Remember to avoid “quote splat” by introducing and citing your quote using one of the three patterns on the Patterns for Embedding Quotes digital handout.

One Analysis Sentence per Chunk

The analysis sentence connects the textual evidence to the main idea and to the topic sentence. Basically, the analysis sentence is where you tell the reader what to think about the information you’ve presented in your chunk, and it usually connects the information back to the topic sentence and back to the prompt.

Analysis sentences vary greatly, so templates would not be helpful here. If you have questions or concerns about your analysis sentences, come see me during lunch or add your question to your GoogleDoc in the form of a comment on the sentence in question. I may answer your question, or your group members may also provide feedback on your analysis sentences.

One Clincher

The clincher is the last sentence of your paragraph. It restates the topic sentence (using different words) and it leaves the reader with a lasting impression. When your eleven sentence paragraph is a body paragraph in a five paragraph essay, the clincher may also transition to the next paragraph.

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