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The Well-Supported Paragraph

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Transcript of The Well-Supported Paragraph

THE WELL-SUPPORTED PARAGRAPH
Before the success of
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
, Samuel L. Clemens' satirical nature manifested itself in many personal ways. In 1861, he and his brother Orion traveled west, an experience he embellished in
Roughing It
, published in 1872. According to Clemens, their attempts to mine for gold and claim the American dream of wealth and success were consistently thwarted, so much so that by the time he wrote Roughing It, he intentionally satirized their failures in order to "debunk the sentimental idea of the West as a place where fortunes could be easily made" (Baym 101). In other words, his humor was for more than entertainment; it was meant to instruct and forewarn. Additionally, his very pseudonym by which he is remembered, Mark Twain, is a phrase from riverboat lingo meaning "'two fathoms deep' or 'safe water'" (101). By renaming himself with shallow connotations, Clemens mocked even himself. Thus, the satire we've come to know and love in the revered author was present from the beginning.
Topic Sentence
General
Introductory
Broad
Focused
Correlating to point in Intro (though reworded)
Supportive of Thesis
Telling/Informing
Introductory (to specific example)
Factual
Informational
Usually paraphrased
Set-up of context for specific evidence

Quoting/Showing
Signal phrase into a quoted phrase/passage or paraphrased evidence
In-text citation for credit
signal phrase
quoted material
parenthetical citation
Follow-Up Analysis
Rewording of the quote
Explanation of why its significant or what it proves
Transition
Word, phrase, or sentence to connect your ideas to the next piece of evidence
Quoting/Showing
Analysis
Brief Wrap-Up
Tell the reader how and why the evidence
you've just given supports your thesis
will have
at least
2 pieces
of evidence
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