Body of an Essay By: Raneem Shebli and Dana Terro What is the body of an essay? It is a part between the introduction and the conclusion which is made up of one or more paragraphs. It contains the evidences about your topic. Each paragraph in the body of the essay contains the following sentences: 1. Topic sentence 2. Supporting sentences 3. Clincher sentence 1.Topic sentence Topic sentence is the sentence that tells the reader what the paragraph is going to be about. Examples: • Cooking requires a number of different skills. • Remodeling a kitchen successfully requires research and a good eye. • To be an effective CEO requires certain characteristics. 2.Supporting sentence It supports the main idea of the essay and tells your reader a little more about your topic. You can use facts, sensory details, examples, or anecdotes. 3.Clincher sentence Wraps up the main idea of the paragraph in a sentence You can use transitional words such as : Therefore , as a result , nevertheless , finally , at last and etc… Paragraph example Oceans and lakes have much in common, but they are also quite different. Both are bodies of water, but oceans are very large bodies of salt water, while lakes are much smaller bodies of fresh water. Lakes are usually surrounded by land, while oceans are what surround continents. Both have plants and animals living in them. The ocean is home to the largest animals on the planet, whereas lakes support much smaller forms of life. When it is time for a vacation, both will make a great place to visit and enjoy. Topic sentence Supporting sentences Clincher sentences Thank You!