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Paragraphs. Topic Sentence. Title of work (novel). Author of work. Overall argument. Three parallel points (see Parallelism . powerpoint. ). Example: In . the Brothers . Grimm’s . Snow . White and the Seven . ID: 776488 Download Presentation

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Point, Proof, Explanation Paragraphs


Topic Sentence

Title of work (novel)

Author of work

Overall argument

Three parallel points (see Parallelism



Example: In

the Brothers



White and the Seven



Snow White

fits into the conventional female fairy tale character mould through her superficial appearance, never-ending kindness


naïve nature.



Present your points in the same order as they appear in your topic sentence

Include a transition word


To start

, Snow White is a prime example of a typical fairy tale female by being superficially pretty.


Proof with Context

Include a specific example from the work as proof

This can be paraphrased or a direct quotation

When using a direct quotation, be sure to introduce it with CONTEXT

Depending on your primary source, your evidence might

include facts,

statistics, anecdotes

, logical argument, examples, elaboration, description or


ALWAYS include a citation (page number)

Example: In

particular, this is shown when the evil queen’s mirror

tells her

that, “Snow White is the fairest of them all”



Furthermore, the narrator describes her as fair-skinned, “doe-eyed” with perfect dark hair and luscious red lips (1).


Explanation and Link


how your proof proves your point


your proof to your overall argument


The descriptions of Snow White demonstrate that unrealistic physical beauty is vital to her character


which is typical of the female lead in fairy tales.


Now add two more points,

proofs (with context)


explanations (and link)


Concluding Sentence

Title and author

Overall argument and three points stated in a fresh, new way

Example: As illustrated throughout

their fairy tale,


White and the Seven



the Brothers Grimm portray Snow White as

a stereotypical fairy tale leading lady due to her emphasized beauty, exaggerated benevolence and highlighted innocence.


This is all ONE paragraph (it will seem long)

Remember formal writing rules (see

Formal Writing



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