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Shubha V.
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Question:

What is the best way to organize a body paragraph for an academic argumentative paper?

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Answer:

Once you have outlined your thesis clearly and succinctly in the introduction (4-5 sentences), the rest of the paper should act as a funnel. If you have researched the material well enough, it is a good idea to start by pulling three or more primary examples that support your thesis. Each body paragraph will then serve to unpack these examples. It is a good idea to start the paragraph with a sentence that can be reasonably argued but relates to your thesis and lets the reader know what will be discussed. For example, a beginning sentence may read, "Wilder takes advantage of theatre, in general, to relate it to the key theme of restarting. " This lets the reader know that the author will be discussing aspects of theatre that uncover some overall theme. Next, the reader will not be convinced until the author offers supporting evidence from the material: "As Mr. Antrobus put it, “The most important thing of all” to him is “The desire to begin again, to start building” (115). " Regardless of how short or long the quote is, you should then focus on analyzing every aspect of the quote so that it is extremely clear why it was used and how it relates to the first sentence in the paragraph. "Just as the Antrobus family has many “chances” to restart their lives, actors perform in front of a new crowd and on different days and times. If one performance goes awry, they have a chance to improve their delivery and technique for the next. "

Study Skills
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What is the best way to know which subjects to tackle if the deadlines are all relatively close?

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Answer:

It is firstly a good idea to prioritize and organize which due dates are approaching the soonest so that you can visualize it. For the tasks that are extremely easy for you and take very little time, it is a good idea to do those first and cross it off your list. Then, if you know there is a subject that you typically require more time to work through and understand, it is a good idea to keep that high on the priority list and work on it during the day or when you feel your brain is the most active and receptive. The purpose of this is to preserve your energy for things that are more challenging and require more problem solving/critical thinking from you and save the easier tasks for when you are too tired to handle heavier content.

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The following paragraph contains a sentence marked with a *. Please read the following and determine the primary detail that is lost if the sentence were deleted: I always liked going camping with my family during August. *My father drove us in a worn down Chevy, which, to me, was a magical machine where I could see the world pass me by but also get from one place to another in no time.* The drives were super enjoyable and we used to sing some of my mother's favorite songs on the way there. I'd see farms, trees, and all sorts of large animals as we made the 3-hour trip. By the time we got to the campground, I was already excited about the journey back. A: a statement showing conflicted feelings about the drive B: establishing a setting for the paragraph C: meaningful detail that vividly demonstrates the narrator's thoughts D: nothing

Shubha V.
Answer:

The correct answer for the above question is B, as the narrator is adding specific and clear descriptions that would otherwise not be present in the paragraph (such as the model of the car and the introduction to the idea of the world passing him by). A is incorrect because the statement is not contrasting with the rest of the paragraph and maintains a consistent tone. B is incorrect because although it does establish part of the setting, this is not the primary role of the sentence. D is incorrect because of A.

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