Writing an Effective Paragraph

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1. 5/15/2012 Judy Kahalas for Roxbury Community College 1 Writing an Effective Paragraph

2. 5/15/2012 Judy Kahalas for Roxbury Community College 2 A Paragraph is . . A group of sentences related to a single topic or controlling idea A unit of thoughts or ideas that contain a single focus A part of the whole essay

3. 5/15/2012 Judy Kahalas for Roxbury Community College 3 What makes a paragraph effective? Paragraphs need to be focused on a unified and single topic. Paragraphs need to create bridges from previous ideas to new ideas Paragraphs need to develop logically, from introducing the controlling idea to developing the controlling idea.

4. 5/15/2012 Judy Kahalas for Roxbury Community College 4 Use Topic Sentences Until you are an experienced writer, it is a good idea to begin your paragraph with a topic sentence in which you state a controlling idea. Refer to this frequently as you develop your paragraph. Make sure that your sentences support, expand on, or further develop your controlling idea.

5. 5/15/2012 Judy Kahalas for Roxbury Community College 5 Use transitions Transitions take the reader from one idea to the next. They help maintain smooth readability. They help you segue into the next paragraph.

6. 5/15/2012 Judy Kahalas for Roxbury Community College 6 Use Verbal Bridges Use key words that appear more than once in the paragraph. Use synonyms to reiterate the key words (try “Thesaurus!”). Use pronouns to help the reader refer to previous paragraphs or sentences.

7. 5/15/2012 Judy Kahalas for Roxbury Community College 7 Check your form Use good sentences that use precise formats that are suitable for your topic (comparison/contrast; persuasion; examples; description; cause and effect; process).

8. 5/15/2012 Judy Kahalas for Roxbury Community College 8 Practice Time Below is an introduction to an essay. Read it carefully and then write the next paragraph. A community college serves neighborhoods in two very important ways: through academic programs and through non-academic programs. The rising cost of college tuition, the increase in older students returning to school after a break, and the need for additional support for students who are not ready for the four-year institution make the community college a viable alternative in higher education. In addition, the community college is a resource for learning and enrichment for those who live within commuting distance. Both academically and non-academically, community colleges can serve the needs of neighboring communities with a variety of offerings.

9. 5/15/2012 Judy Kahalas for Roxbury Community College 9 Works Cited Purdue University Online Writing Lab. <http://owl/english.purdue.edu/ handout/general/gl_pgrph.html

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