MEAL PlanDuke University’s Thompson Writing Program recommends that you organize the material withina paragraph according to the MEAL plan:MAIN IDEAYour topic sentence stating the concrete claim the paragraph is advancing.EVIDENCESummary, paraphrase, or direct quotations from the source material you are using to supportyour topic sentence’s claim.ANALYSISYour explanation and evaluation of the evidence, explaining the evidence you provided and itsrelevance in your own words.Repeat the Evidence and Analysis sentences to develop your main idea completely.Usually about 3 pairs of sentences is adequate.LINKConnect this paragraph to the thesis of your essay and transition to the next claim.
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