Body Paragraphs - Essay Writing Tutorial - PowerPoint

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This presentation guides students through the process of writing a body paragraph using the PEEL method: Point, Evidence, Elaboration, and Link. There are 20 fully-animated slides—all editable--with lots of examples. Each component is introduced and modeled. This lesson covers the basics of:

  • Writing a topic sentence
  • Citing Evidence Using Direct and Indirect Quotes (Paraphrasing)
  • Signal Phrase & Parenthetical Citations
  • Elaboration Techniques
  • Linking Big Ideas

Six different elaboration techniques are presented: facts and statistics, examples, definitions, reasons, importance, and process. Here, students are challenged to analyze six examples of elaboration and identify which type it represents. A free elaboration handout detailing each technique is available as a separate download. Finally, the lesson notes the importance of ending each body paragraph with a sentence (or two) that link it to either the thesis statement or to the next paragraph.

This presentation complements my Introduction PowerPoint and was originally developed as a companion to my Argumentative Essay Packet. A game-like matching activity, the Elaboration Station, was designed as a lesson follow-up.

This presentation is text-editable, so you can adapt it to your needs.

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20 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships among claim(s) and reasons.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.


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