Your paper can only be as strong as its paragraphs. Body paragraphs give your evidence. Body paragraphs show your reader examples, which will convince him or her to believe what you are saying. (Readers will never just take writers’ words for anything.) Remember: body paragraphs need to give enough information to be engaging and interesting, and to be convincing and compelling. Learning to “downshift” in body paragraphs is essential. This handout details the technique of downshifting and provides examples for both teacher and student.