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Please define these terms: body paragraph, introductory paragraph, Desciptive essay,...

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abu-mohammed | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 10, 2009 at 1:46 AM via web

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Please define these terms: body paragraph, introductory paragraph, Desciptive essay, Narrative essay, Argumentative essay

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lizbv | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted January 10, 2009 at 3:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Introductory Paragraph - this is the first paragraph in an essay that essentially "introduces" the subject and the author's stand on that subject.  Included in this paragraph are necessary background information, the subject and some key information about the subject (or topic) of the essay, and the stand the author of the essay plans to take on in the essay.  

Body Paragraph - a paragraph (usually one of many) within an essay that follows the introduction and takes on the role of developing a main point of the essay after it is introduced in the introductory paragraph.

Descriptive Essay - an essay that essentially attempts to offer a detailed description of a subject or topic.

Narrative Essay - an essay that takes on a "narrative" tone, telling a story of some experience or event.

Argumentative Essay - an essay that attempts to argue a chosen side on a debatable topic.

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