Last week I showed you the skeleton of an essay. Now let's look at what was missing: the detailed explanation of ideas in the main body paragraphs. I'm tempted to refer to this as the 'muscle' on top of the skeleton's bones!
Here's an example of a full paragraph:
(1) On the other hand, school teachers may contribute almost as much as parents to the development of a child. (2) Teachers educate large groups of children together, which means that they must train pupils to work with their peers and respect other members of the class. (3) Pupils also learn to behave sensibly in lessons, regardless of the distractions around them, and to follow instructions given to them by teaching staff. (4) These behavioural skills will be crucial in later life. (5) In the workplace, for example, adults are expected to work in teams, listen to each other, and follow the instructions of a manager or company director.
Notice how I "build" the paragraph using 5 sentences:
- Topic sentence introducing the main idea - the role of teachers in children's development.
- One aspect of this role - training children to work with others.
- Another aspect of this role - children learn to behave and follow instructions.
- Why the two points above are important - for later life.
- Examples - work in teams, follow a manager's instructions.