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Lesson 20: Your Second Body Paragraph

Before you start writing your second body paragraph, here are some things that you should keep in mind:

First, You need at least three different sources on your Works Cited page, so find a second source for paragraph two and a third source for paragraph three.

Don't make the mistake that some students make: They find a great source with all sorts of reasons to visit or not visit a country, so they write three body paragraphs using that same source. It's then that they realize their mistake: While they have indeed met the requirement for writing three body paragraphs, they have not met the requirement for using at least three different sources.

So even if your first source is terrific, find another. If you write another paragraph using the same source, you are simply wasting your time (assuming that your goal is to finish this paper as soon as possible).

Second, You need at least one block quote. So if your first body paragraph does not include a block quote, make sure that one of your other two paragraphs does. Remember, a block quote is "five to ten lines" of text that you are going to paste into your paper and format according the rules for block quotes.

Lesson Steps


Use Google to find another source that supports your thesis.


Put that source into your Works Cited page right away.


Write a second body paragraph that includes the following elements:

  • Topic Sentence.
  • Signal phrase.
  • Evidence.
  • Wrap.

Check your work.

Your paper should now look very much like this.

4. Congratulations! You're done with this lesson.