The introduction is important, but the body paragraphs are more important in an opinion essay. Your instructor wants to see that you can use content to develop and support an opinion. Each body paragraph needs to have a clear topic sentence that relates to the position statement you developed in the introduction. Then, you should have several sentences that follow that topic sentence and support it well. These sentences should include evidence that helped you develop that opinion. Then, each piece of evidence should be followed by an explanation that tells the reader why that evidence defends your opinion. By the time your paragraph is completed, it should have at least nine sentences, if not more. You will need to repeat this pattern each time you write a body paragraph.