Writing Guide: The Key Components to an Analytical Paragraph

Here’s a quick guide to writing analytical paragraphs: just include each element below. Want a longer guide? Click on any of them to read more…

Topic Sentence: Identifies topic and point of paragraph — while suggesting path to get there

Supporting Examples (optional): You may wish to offer anecdotal evidence as support

Main Quote/Example: Perform a close reading of a loaded moment

Incorporate Counterpoint (optional): Address objections to preempt readers’ concerns

Concluding Sentence: A teacher may demand one — or not want one at all