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Paragraphs. RW 250 Professor Ben Taylor. What is a paragraph?. A group of sentences about one topic. What does a paragraph look like?. Indent the first line .5 inches with or 5 spaces. What does a paragraph look like?.

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Paragraphs

Paragraphs

RW 250

Professor Ben Taylor


What is a paragraph

What is a paragraph?

  • A group of sentences about one topic.


What does a paragraph look like

What does a paragraph look like?

Indent the first line .5 inches with or 5 spaces


What does a paragraph look like1

What does a paragraph look like?

Some paragraphs do not indent, but in this class, ALWAYS indent.


What is in a paragraph

What is in a paragraph?

  • Topic sentence / main idea

  • Supporting details (“body”)

  • Conclusion sentence (not always necessary)


What is the difference between a topic sentence and a main idea

What is the difference between a topic sentence and a main idea?

Main Idea

Topic Sentence


What does the topic sentence do

What does the topic sentence do?

  • It makes a general statement about everything your paragraph will say.

    • The topic

    • What you want to say about the topic

  • Dogsare better than cats.

  • The students at the LCI have too much homework. We should have less homework.


What does the topic sentence do1

What does the topic sentence do?

  • If your paragraph is answering a question (for a test), your topic sentence should directly answer the question!

  • Would you prefer a dog or a cat as a pet?

    I would prefer a dog as a pet because…


What should your details do

What should your details do?

  • All details in your paragraph should connect to and support the topic sentence.


What should your details do1

What should your details do?

  • Here are some kinds of details:

    • Reasons (why) – usually followed by examples

    • Examples (specific people, places, things, or events)

    • Explanations (how)

    • Facts and statistics (35%...)

    • Anything that supportsyour main idea

  • First, dogs are more friendly and loyal than cats. They will follow you on walks…


What should your conclusion do

What should your conclusion do?

  • Say the topic sentence again in new words and/or

  • What’s next?

    • what will happen in the future

    • what the reader should do

    • a question or idea for the reader to think about more

That’s why I like dogs better. I think everyone should have a dog.


Before you write b rainstorm

Before you write: brainstorm!

  • Write every idea you can think of.

  • Choose one main idea.

  • Write every detail you can think of.

  • Choose the best details.


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