essay about body parts

compose an essay written in the first person. The body part you choose to write about can be any other than the heart. You will need to learn what you can about the body part of Joe or Jane that you have chosen to become. Find out everything you possibly can about that body part, (how big it is, what color it might be, how it stays in Joe’s body where it is supposed to be, what its function is, etc.) and write your article in the first person narrative style. As if you are that body part and you are telling the reader about your life as a body part. You will need to be nauseatingly thorough in your research so that you can include as much pertinent information concerning how the body part interacts with other body parts in the vicinity as well as within its body system (digestion, excretion, respiration. You can pick which of Joe or Jane’s body parts you would like to write about from this list. There are others, but this gives you a starting point.



adrenal gland appendix bellybutton blood
brain stem cerebellum cerebrum cranium
ear eye foot gall bladder
hair kidney large intestine liver
long bones lungs lymph nodes lymphocytes
nose white blood cells pancreas parathyroid gland
pituitary gland platelets red blood cells red marrow
salivary glands skin small intestines spinal column
spinal cord spleen stomach T cells
teeth yellow marrow throat thyroid gland


Mechanics of the paper

    • Student essays should be thorough and at least 1-2 pages long.

    • Double spaced

    • 12 point text

    • Standard margins: 1 inch top and bottom, 1.25 inch left and right margins

    • Bibliography at the end of the paper should follow standard MLA format. Refer to the Library’s page for information concerning this format for works cited and consulted.

  • References should include at least one printed work (book, encyclopedia, magazine article, newspaper article, etc.)


Material to be included
    • Description of body part – include dimensions, shape, color, make-up…

    • How is the body part connected to the surrounding parts of the body?

    • Explanation of what this body part is responsible for doing.

    • Body system – to which body system does it belong? What job does the part do within that body system?

    • What happens when the body part is malfunctioning? What effect would this have on the rest of the body system to which the part belongs? How about other body systems that are associated?

    • What types of diseases does this body part suffer from? What are the symptoms? What is the cure?

  • What current technologies are there available to replace this body part when it is diseased or damaged?