Lesson #1: How to Create a Good Paragraph

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Lesson #1: How to Create a Good Paragraph

Post  Ellie on Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:12 am

A good paragraph is a mini-essay. It should demonstrate three components:

Introduction, i.e., a topic sentence
Body, i.e., supporting details
Conclusion or a transitional sentence to the paragraph that follows.

A good paragraph should:
- State the main idea of the paragraph in a clearly constructed topic sentence. Make sure each sentence is related to the central thought.

- Be arranged in a clear, logical order. Provide appropriate transitions to the subsequent paragraph.

- Develop your paragraphs with specific details and examples.

- Spell out the details by defining, or by clarifying and adding relevant, pertinent information.

- Paint a verbal picture that helps make or clarify your point(s). Well illustrated pieces are easier to read and follow than those on a high level of abstraction.

- Give the reasons, justifications, and rationales for the position or view you have taken in the topic sentence. Draw inferences for the reader and explain the significance of assertions or claims being made.

- Describe how something works.

A paragraph should be neither too short nor too long. A good paragraph should be 5-6 sentences long. As a general rule, avoid single-sentence paragraphs.Look for a logical place to make a break or reorganize the material.

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