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In this short post, we’ll go through how to structure perfect essay paragraphs – plus give a clear, easy to follow example.

Argumentative essays are hard! But unfortunately, you need them for all kinds of subjects; English, History, Politics, Geography, Psychology, Religion, Sociology… the list goes on!

All humanities subjects require a strong grasp of argumentative writing at their core, so it’s worth training yourself how to write expertly structured essays because it’ll make your life so much easier in the long run.


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HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR ARGUMENTATIVE PARAGRAPH

Bear in mind that this is for middle paragraphs – to structure intros and conclusions properly you would follow a different formula! So for a middle paragraph, you need a PEE structure – this can be extended and developed for more advanced or higher level essays, but make sure you get the basics right first.

Point – your idea that answers the question (in this case, a point FOR or AGAINST the question)

Evidence – a fact, quotation, statistic, anecdote or piece of information that can be used to prove your point

Explanation – your analysis of HOW and WHY the evidence proves the point. This should be as long and detailed as possible!

EXAMPLE PARAGRAPH

Social media is pointless. 

EXAMPLE MIDDLE PARAGRAPH 

POINT: Social media destroys people’s lives because it takes up so much of their time and energy. EVIDENCE: On average, a person aged 15-35 spends 4 hours per day across all of their social media platforms. ANALYSIS: This is a lot of time out of their lives, amounting to 28 hours per week; therefore, most young people spend at least a whole day out of their entire week, every week, on social media. If they spent more time socialising in real life then they wouldn’t feel so compelled to be glued to their phone screen, where essentially they are just checking out other people living their lives rather than directly interacting with them in a face to face situation. Furthermore, the fact that it is possible to half-speak to friends constantly on social media potentially amplifies the destructive effect of it on people’s lives because they become distracted from the other tasks that they are supposed to be completing, such as working or studying. It would be far better if people socialised at specific times and then focused on their work separately. 


How to Structure an Essay Paragraph

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