Body paragraphs are the paragraphs that make up the majority of your paper. Just like the structure of the paper overall, each body paragraph has an intro, body, and conclusion. Think of a paragraph as being like a hamburger.
A strong paragraph relates to the thesis, focuses on one topic (unity), provides evidence and explanation to convince the reader, and flows logically from one sentence to the next (coherence). The link in the Helpful Links box provides an excellent guide for developing a strong paragraph.
Most of a paragraph is made up of evidence--the "meat"--that supports the point of the paragraph and, ultimately, the entire essay. The type of evidence that you put in your paragraphs depends on the purpose of the essay. You might describe, compare, argue, analyze, or tell a story, for example. Your goal is to provide enough of the right kinds of evidence in each paragraph in a way that is smooth and logical.
According to Cambridge University Press, these are some types of support you might use in your essay: