Short Story Unit: Theme Assignment Preparation. ENG 2D1. Proper Paragraph Structure. Topic Sentence- Introduces the reader to the main idea of your paragraph. Note- indent the first sentence of your paragraph.
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Transitions help the reader clearly understand relationships in your writing such as time, space, emphasis, example, contrast, comparison, effect and addition.
In a proper paragraph, transitions are incorporated to create fluency in your writing and to connect your ideas/sentences.
Firstly, Secondly, Lastly, Finally
For example, For instance,
Thus, As a result, Consequently
In addition to, Similarly
In contrast, Rather, Yet, ButTransitional Words and Phrases
Note- Put your last name followed by one space and the number. Do not use commas.
Note- Be sure to double space between each piece of information.
Notes on Style:
will discuss . . .”
The supporting sentences of your paragraph should follow the point-proof-analysis model.
Following the topic sentence of your paragraph:
Point- raise a point in support of the main idea.
Proof- provide proof in the form of direct or indirect references to the text.
Analysis- analyze the point raised and proof provided, relating the information back to the main idea.
The Story of an Hour
Point: Mrs. Mallard is clearly in an unhappy relationship.
Proof: She admits that there has been a “powerful will bending hers” (Chopin 38) which attests to the dominating personality of her husband.
Analysis: Throughout her life, Mrs. Mallard has succumb to the will of her husband and lost any sense of self.
Note- Write in the present tense, not the past tense. Also, place an emphasis on the analysis component. This is where you showcase your learning and critical thinking.Point-Proof-Analysis
In a direct quotation, the words of the speaker are quoted exactly, and the first word of the quotation is capitalized.
Direct: Mrs. Mallard states “Free! Body and soul free” (Chopin 38).
Both parts of a divided quotation are enclosed in quotation marks. The first word of the second part of the quotation is not capitalized unless it begins a new sentence.
Divided: “There would be no one to live for during those coming years,” says Mrs. Mallard, “she would live for herself” (Chopin 38).Inserting Quotations