In formal, academic writing, we want to write clearly so that our readers can easily understand us. One way to ensure that our writing is clear and well organized is to follow PIE paragraph structure. PIE structure allows us to clearly state our paragraph’s point, prove our point with strong information, and explain to the reader what we want to tell them with our information. We use PIE only for body paragraphs (not introductions or conclusions).
A paragraph only has ONE point, meaning it should only be about one thing. However, it can have more than one piece of Information/Explanation that proves the one Point.
To start our class and prepare for the first small piece of writing, which is writing an academic paragraph, we will learn about PIE paragraph structure.
In this class, we will write our body paragraphs using the PIE formula.
The PIE formula includes three parts:
Also, note that most paragraphs will have at least two pieces of information (I) and two pieces of explanation (E). A common PIE structures paragraph for this class will look like this: P I I E I E (with the I and the E repeating to give readers more than one example and more analysis/explanation.)
Review the lectures below on PIE paragraph structure. Watch the videos carefully and read through the lectures slowly. Watch and read multiple times if needed.
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