Using Paragraphs in Essay Writing

Paragraphs ought to have a clear focus. If the writer has a new point to make they should start a new paragraph. A long, unwieldy paragraph will most likely lack clarity. Remind students that an essay is a piece of communication. Good communication is clear and precise.

Here are three examples of paragraph structure students can use in their essays:

PEE
• Point (make a point)
• Explain (explain that point)
• Evidence (provide evidence to support the point)

PEEL
• As above with the addition of:
• Link (connect the paragraph to that which will follow)

PESEL
• Point (make a point)
• Explain (explain that point)
• Support (support the point using evidence, reasoning or examples)
• Evaluate (evaluate the point)
• Link (connect the paragraph to that which will follow)