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FREDS and Say Mores: The Elaborated Paragraph

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Transcript of FREDS and Say Mores: The Elaborated Paragraph

The Elaborated Paragraph
Topic Sentence
The first sentence of your paragraph is your topic sentence. It answers the question and previews what your paragraph will be about.
Make sure to STEAL and SLIDE from the question!
FREDs
FRED is an acronym (each letter stands for something else.)
F- Fact
R- Reason
E- Example
D- Detail
Say Mores
"Say Mores" are what come after each FRED. They add detail or an example about that FRED that helps to make your argument clear and convincing.
Conclusion Sentence
A conclusion sentence wraps up all that you've said in your paragraph and provides a closing thought.
Example:
Question: In your opinion, are cats or dogs better pets?

Topic Sentence: In my opinion, dogs are by far a better pet than cats.
Any paragraph should have 3 FREDs to back up or prove what you are saying in your Topic Sentence.
Example:

In my opinion, dogs are by far a better pet than cats.
They are more easily trained that cats
They are very useful animals
They are naturally loyal and loving creatures
Example:
In my opinion, dogs are by far a better pet than cats.
They are more easily trained that cats
when they are puppies, you can enroll your dog in training classes. Cats simply cannot be trained in this way
My parents' cat will sometimes pee on the carpet when she gets angry. A dog would never do that!
Dogs are more useful animals than cats

Dogs are often used as police dogs to sniff out illegal substances and people trapped under rubble.
Unlike cats, dogs can perform useful tricks like getting the newspaper in the morning.
They are naturally loyal and loving creatures
You hear stories on the news all of the time about dogs finding their lost owners and performing other mind-blowing acts of loyalty
For example, my dog once warned my parents when my little sister was running down the street by herself.
Whoever heard of a cat being a hero?
Example:

As you can see, dogs are a superior pet because they are easy to take care of and are life-long friends, and everyone should want one of their own!

In my opinion, dogs are by far a better pet than cats for a variety of reasons.
First of all, they are more easily trained that cats.
When they are puppies, you can enroll your dog in training classes. Cats simply cannot be trained in this way. My parents' cat will sometimes pee on the carpet when she gets angry. A dog would never do that!
Secondly,

dogs are more useful animals than cats.
Dogs are often used as police dogs to sniff out illegal substances and people trapped under rubble. Unlike cats, dogs can perform useful tricks like getting the newspaper in the morning.
Finally,dogs are naturally loyal and loving creatures.
You hear stories on the news all of the time about dogs finding their lost owners and performing other mind-blowing acts of loyalty. For example, my dog once warned my parents when my little sister was running down the street by herself. Whoever heard of a cat doing something as heroic as that?
As you can see, dogs are a superior pet because they are easily cared for and become life-long friends, and I think that everyone should want a dog of their own!
Now, put it all together!
Practice Stealing and Sliding from these questions...

1. In your opinion, what qualities does a good parent have?

2. Does Pixar make better movies than Dream Works? Why?

3. In order to look cool, how should I dance at prom?


In my opinion, good parents tend to have three common qualities.
OR
In my opinion, the qualities that good parents have are being responsible, caring, and fun-loving.
Pixar makes better movies than Dream Works for a variety of reasons.
OR
Pixar makes far better movies than Dream Works because of their original concepts and cutting-edge technology.
In order to look cool at prom, you should focus on three dancing techniques.
OR
In order to look cool at prom, you should dance the twist, the bunny hop, and the macarena.
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