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Writing Organization. How to write a great paragraph!. A paragraph…. Has several related sentences that focus on a single topic or idea. Should include the following elements to be effective: (you’ll write these down later) Topic Sentence Supporting Sentences Unity and Coherence

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Writing organization

Writing Organization

How to write a great paragraph!


A paragraph

A paragraph…

  • Has several related sentences that focus on a single topic or idea.

  • Should include the following elements to be effective: (you’ll write these down later)

    • Topic Sentence

    • Supporting Sentences

    • Unity and Coherence

    • A Transitioning Conclusion


Topic sentence

Topic Sentence

  • A good topic sentence states the main idea of the paragraph.

  • Most often, the topic sentence is the first sentence in the paragraph.

As I stepped through the French doors, I knew immediately that I was in a very special place. Flowers and plants were everywhere. Beautiful dark green vines clung to the cream-colored stucco wall behind the patio. The flagstone paving blended perfectly with the surrounding garden walls. In the far corner was a tall, stately, old oak tree that I had climbed when I was a little boy.


Supporting sentences

Supporting Sentences

  • Details, examples, or indisputable facts should be included to support the topic sentence.

As I stepped through the French doors, I knew immediately that I was in a very special place. Flowers and plants were everywhere. Beautiful dark green vines clung to the cream-colored stucco wall behind the patio. The flagstone paving blended perfectly with the surrounding garden walls. In the far corner was a tall, stately, old oak tree that I had climbed when I was a little boy.


Unity and coherence

Unity and Coherence

  • Each sentence in the paragraph should focus only on the topic presented in that paragraph’s topic sentence.

  • All paragraphs should be written in language that the target audience can easily understand.

As I stepped through the French doors, I knew immediately that I was in a very special place. Flowers and plants were everywhere. Beautiful dark green vines clung to the cream-colored stucco wall behind the patio. The flagstone paving blended perfectly with the surrounding garden walls. In the far corner was a tall, stately, old oak tree that I had climbed when I was a little boy.


A transitioning conclusion

A Transitioning Conclusion

  • A good concluding sentence summarizes the paragraph and leads the reader into the main idea of the next one.

As I stepped through the French doors, I knew immediately that I was in a very special place. Flowers and plants were everywhere. Beautiful dark green vines clung to the cream-colored stucco wall behind the patio. The flagstone paving blended perfectly with the surrounding garden walls. In the far corner was a tall, stately, old oak tree that I had climbed when I was a little boy.


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