A Well-Built Paragraph
A well-built paragraph moves smoothly from one statement or fact to the
next. It makes the argument clear, and it's easy to follow. It also links
well with the paragraphs before and after it. In this way, the whole argument
flows clearly and convincingly, and is easy to follow.
One of the easiest models for writing paragraphs is the WEED model (Godwin, 2009).
W is for What. The first sentence of your paragraph should make it clear what subject you are covering - this is known as the topic sentence.
E is for Evidence. You need to support your views with quality research, and then reference it.
E is for Example. You should consider whether you need to provide examples to illustrate your subject.
D is for Do. You need to provide a conclusion to your paragraph - this may be a summing up, or stating the implications of your evidence, such as why the subject supports your argument. This is especially important if you've been asked to critically analyse the assignment.
Students often miss this last part out, but this shows your lecturer that you understand what you've been reading and gains you extra marks!
It doesn't matter whether your evidence comes before your examples. Sometimes it's more appropriate to give an example to define your subject before including your evidence.
Godwin, J. (2009) Planning your essay. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.