Section 6 (Sunday): Body paragraphs

What we did in class, today – Students reviewed the introduction and body paragraphs of the essay on pp. 20-21 in the textbook. We noted regardless of the type of paragraph, there should be a flow of ideas. This is achieved by including a word or synonym that refers back something in the previous sentence and then introducing a new idea in the new sentence.

Regarding the thesis sentence in the introduction, we discussed that the main points must be parallel. For example, in the model essay, each main point listed in the thesis sentence is an effect of using computers in education. Also, we noted that each main point must be discussed in the order that it was listed in the thesis sentence. We ended our discussion with an analysis of the body paragraphs. They started with a topic sentence, the sentence that tells what the paragraph is about. We noted that each topic sentence referred back to the thesis sentence. The topic sentence was followed by explanation sentences. We agreed that the paragraphs would have been better if the author had followed the explanation sentences with specific examples or statistics. Each body paragraph ended with a summary sentence.

Afterwards, working in groups, students wrote a body paragraph for their introductory paragraph. Although each person’s name appeared at the bottom of the paragraph, one group member must post it to ‘Introductory paragraph – Revision 1’ in Turnitin before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept 27. Finally, each student wrote 2-3 sentences describing what she had learned today and posted it to Turnitin under ‘What I learned in class today – Sept 25’. Each submission was due before 11:59 p.m., today.

Bonus Credit 

  • For each 30-minute tutoring session in the English Department’s Writing Lab (N2-103) located on the first floor of the GUST Library, you will receive 0.5% extra credit per tutoring session if you stay the entire 30 minutes and if you work sincerely. You may receive tutoring with your writing assignments and Achieve3000 thought questions. To receive help with your writing assignments, you must bring a soft (electronic) copy of your rough draft on a flash memory as well as a hard (photocopy) copy of the rough draft. The maximum extra credit you can earn is 5%. Your participation must be documented on the Bonus Credit Form.
  • Reading contest 1 – The contest covers the time period from Sunday, Sept 25, through Friday, Oct 7. This is for 0.5% extra credit. To receive credit, you must score 75 or above on Activities for 10 Achieve3000 articles. Only first attempt scores will count.


  • If you did not submit ‘What I learned today – Sept 25’ to Turnitin before you left class today, you must submit them before 11:59 p.m., tonight.
  • Submit the file containing your introduction and body paragraph to ‘Introductory paragraph – Revision 1’ before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept 27.
  • Learn the vocabulary in Unit 1 before Tuesday, Sept 27.
  • Read and complete the Activity for Achieve3000 article “Stronger than Steel” before class on Thursday, Sept 29.
  • Read and complete the Activities for Achieve3000 articles “Point and Read” and “Tiny Animals, Big Problem” before midnight on Friday, Sept 30. If your first-attempt scores are less than 75, you can read extra Achieve3000 articles before the deadline, and I will record the highest top three first attempts.

What we will do in class on Tuesday, Sept 27 – We continue studying the parts of an essay, concentrating on the conclusion and will do a vocabulary activity.

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