Writing Good Paragraphs
- Parent Category: Drafting & Revision
- Category: Paragraph Structure
- Written by Ashley Squires, Ph. D.
The 8-sentence paragraph structure that you learn in composition class is a useful tool. But once you understand what the essential function of each paragraph element is, there is no need to stick to 8 sentences. Good paragraphs, after all, can be 15 or 20 sentences. They can also be 2 or 4. This handout explains the elements of a paragraph for an argumentative essay and explains what each of the following elements is supposed to do: