Did you know a hamburger is like a paragraph? • The top and bottom bun are like the topic sentence and concluding sentence. They They hold the paragraph together.
The meat is like the main ideas. • It gives substance to our topic sentence. There should be 3 in a paragraph.
The extras are like the details. • The tomato, lettuce, cheese and other good things give our burger flavor and our paragraph interest.
Different books use different vocabulary • Some books use “main idea” to describe the support sentences. • Some books use “support” to talk about the examples or details that explain the “main ideas”. • Whatever the language, a paragraph looks like this:
8 sentence paragraph • Topic Sentence • Support 1 (main idea 1) • Detail 1 • Support 2 (main idea 2) • Detail 2 • Support 3 (main idea 3) • Detail 3 • Concluding sentence