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WRITING AN INFORMATION PARAGRAPH
Transcript of WRITING AN INFORMATION PARAGRAPH
So, what is an information paragraph?
It’s a paragraph that
the reader about a specific
It's designed to present
You'll find information paragraphs on topics in
science, health, business, culture, art, history, mathematics,
An information paragraph:
Gives the reader
person, a place, an event, an activity or a natural or scientific phenomenon
how something works
how to do something
Parts of an information paragraph:
What are the main parts?
1. Topic sentence (containing the
2. Supporting sentences that contain
3. Concluding sentence (that
stated in the topic sentence)
This states the
of the topic you are going to write about.
Example: Going to college is expensive.
Your reader knows the
of this paragraph is
, while the
it is expensive
will focus on the
various costs associated with going to college
The topic sentence in an information paragraph:
Each supporting sentence may be followed by one or two sentences that add details or give more explanation:
College tuition and room and board can cost anywhere from $2,000 to more than $10,000 per semester.
Other expenses make going to college even more expensive. For example, books typically cost between $100 and $500 each term.
The next supporting sentence and detail sentences follow in logical sequence:
Next, materials are also very expensive.
Paper, notebooks, writing utensils, and other supplies required often cost more at the college bookstore than at any local discount department store. For instance, a package of notepaper costing $2 at a discount store might cost $5 at a college bookstore.
You may have other supporting sentences and detail sentences, still in logical sequence:
Finally, there are all kinds of special fees added onto the bill at registration time.
A college student might have to pay a $50 insurance fee, a $20 activity fee, a $15 fee to the student government association and anywhere from $100 to $1000 for parking. There is another fee if a student decides to add or drop classes after registration.
End with an appropriate concluding sentence:
The fees required to attend college never seem to end.
This sentence ties back to the topic sentence, often by rephrasing it.
to focus on.
you are going to focus on.
that includes the
essential in maintaining a healthy lifestyle
(main idea/focus of paragraph)
List facts/supporting details that you wish to include in the paragraph.
Put them in chronological order, or by importance
Planning your paragraph:
Writing your paragraph:
Write your information paragraph using your topic sentence and the details you listed.
Use connecting words (like “first, next, also” or “then” or “because”) to join the points you listed.
at least four pieces of information
Write a final sentence that restates the main idea (from your topic sentence) and summarizes the supporting details.
Written one paragraph with a topic sentence?
Used four pieces of information?
Used transition words like “First” and “then” and “because”
Read my work for spelling errors?