What are supporting paragraphs?
Supporting paragraphs make up the main body of your essay.
What do they do?
They develop the main idea of your essay.
How do I write them?
- List the points that develop the main idea of your essay.
- Place each supporting point in its own paragraph.
- Develop each supporting point with facts, details, and examples.
To connect your supporting paragraphs, you should use special transition words. Transition words link your paragraphs together and make your essay easier to read. Use them at the beginning and end of your paragraphs.
Examples of transition words that can help you to link your paragraphs together:
For listing different points
For counter examples
- Even though
- On the other hand
For additional ideas
- In addition to
- Related to
To show cause and effect
- As a result of
Like all good paragraphs, each supporting paragraph should have a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and a summary sentence.