how do we maintain fluidity continiuty during our body paragraphs? and also what phrases could we use to link our point/analyzing back to the thesis
Body Paragraphs :
● Topic sentence (one choice or strategy)
● Evidence, Commentary, Evidence, Commentary, Relate back to thesis
● Try to use short quotes and incorporate them into your own sentence.
● Have more sentences of commentary than sentences of evidence.
● Commentary/analysis is VERY important to the score!
Introduction : Use the SPACE part of SPACE CAT to write your introduction.
● Work chronologically through the text. Analyze what the writer does at the beginning, in the middle, and at the
end of the piece. Use your structure verbs!
● Claim : identify which section of the speech you are discussing & state the main ideas of that section.
Format: Writer’s last name + structure verb + his/her + type of text + by + strong verb + the main idea of
- Ex. Reagan begins his tribute to the Challenger astronauts by acknowledging that the shuttle accident has
appropriately postponed his planned State of the Union address and by expressing the depth of his and
his wife’s personal grief.
● Evidence: Identify & provide a specific example for one rhetorical strategy used by the writer.
- Ex. He appeals to the mournful emotions of the audience by admitting that he and his wife are “pained to
the core,” that this day is rightfully a “day for mourning and remembering,” and the accident is “truly a
● Analysis: Explain HOW the rhetorical strategy helps the writer achieve the purpose and state what its EFFECT is
on the audience.
- Ex. He joins in this time of mourning in order to unify the nation and humbly admits that “we share this
pain with all of the people of our country.” This outpouring of emotion from the president conveys a
calming tone that reassures the nation that their grief is both understandable and proper.
NOTE: Repeat formula as needed for each body paragraph.
● Most body paragraphs should have at least 2 examples.
● It’s a good idea to have 3 body paragraphs: one for the beginning of the piece, one for the middle of the piece, and
one for the end.