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ABC Paragraphs

This is a lesson on the rules and guidelines on ABC paragraphs. It includes student samples as well.

Katy Berner-Wallen

on 25 April 2012

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Transcript of ABC Paragraphs

Romeo Montague is a jerk because he's constantly falling in and
out of love with women and he gets upset when Rosaline won't
be with him. He is dissapointed in her choice to remain chaste
and to explore becoming a nun. He falls inlove right away with
Juliet. This makes him a jerk because he was just in love with
Rosaline, and now he's not. This example shows he's a jerk
because good guys don't do that. ALWAYS HAVE A TOPIC SENTENCE
The first sentence in your
body paragraph should make
your TOPIC clear and connect to
the thesis statement.
It should answer the question
"What is this paragraph
going to be about?"
It should be clear and
concise and should make the
paragraph topic obvious.

Example: Romeo Montague is an
impulsive character.
Back it up Jack!
The second part of your body paragraph is the evidence that
backs up your topic sentence. You should have specific facts from the
text (include page numbers if possible).
A few good phrases to incorporate the quotes/proof are:
For example...
According to ______________...
The author says/wrote/expresses...
On page ___...
He says/states/cries/complains...

It is important not to "quote drop". Meaning that the quote is just dropped into the essay without explaining some kind of context of the quote. This could include:
-a brief summary of the action that causes the character to say/do what you're
using for your example.
- who says the quote
- who they are speaking to
- what the quote is describing
- when the quote is said Comments/Connections

In the final part of your paragraph you need to connect your proof back to the topic sentence and/or thesis. Show your reader WHY what you wrote is important.
It might help to use one of the following phrases:
This shows....because...
The author proves...
This means...
TOPIC is evident when...because...
Sample 5:
Romeo Montague is a character in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
He is really depressed at the beginning of the play because he loves
a girl and she doesn't love him back. Luckily for Romeo, he goes
to a party with his friends and meets Juliet. Once he meets Juliet he is happier and is no longer depressed. This is proven when he stands outside her window and watches her and then gets her attention and they start to talk. Once they begin to talk, he realizes that Juliet is in love with him too. In Act II, Juliet worries he doesn't really love her when he "swears by the moon" because the moon is "inconsistent". Shakespeare uses this metaphor of the moon because the moon has cycles and he's trying to show how like the moon, Romeo's mood changes frequently. After he falls in love with Juliet, they get married, and he is happy again. Sample 3:
The Nurse is Juliet’s closest friend. She is always there for Juliet. When Juliet needs someone to talk to about Romeo, she can talk to the Nurse. Also, when Juliet is asked about marriage, she is really excited for her and cannot believe the little girl she helped raised is now grown up enough to marry, even though she’s only 14. The Nurse is also a funny character because sometimes she says inappropriate things, like when she says “[Juliet’s marriage is] an honor! Were I not thine only nurse, I would say thou hadst sucked wisdom from thy teat” (I,iii,69).

Sample 4:
In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Juliet is a strongly willed character. In Act I, scene iii, she says “It is an honor that I do not dream of”. This shows she’s strong willed because she tells her mother she doesn’t want to be married so soon. Another way she asserts herself is when Romeo first meets her and wants to kiss her. “My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss” (I,v,90). Juliet responds by saying “good pilgrim, you do wrong your hands too much…For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch, and palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss (95). Her response shows she is strong willed because Romeo wants to kiss her and they just met; instead of kissing him she suggests they touch hands instead. Juliet is strong willed and stands up for herself and doesn’t do what anyone else tells her to do.
Sample 1: Romeo Montague is an impulsive character. He switches from one love to the next without considering any consequences. For example in Act I, Romeo attends a party in hopes of seeing Rosaline, only to fall in love at first sight with Juliet, his arch enemy’s only daughter. A second example of his impulsive tendencies occurs when he jumps the garden wall into the Capulet’s backyard, in the middle of the night. This is impulsive because he risks death at the hands of his family enemy in order to, perchance, see Juliet again. Finally, Romeo acts on impulse when he quickly agrees to marry Juliet. He hasn’t really though about the consequences that could occur for Juliet and himself. Romeo’s impulsivity is worrisome because it could possibly lead to his death or even the death of other characters like Juliet. Sample 6:
Romeo Montague, from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
is best described as a hopeless romantic. At the very
beginning of the play Romeo is first described as a
dark character. "But he, his own affections' counsellor,
Is to himself... so secret and so close,...Could we but
learn from whence his sorrows grow (I,i)." His mother says this
and it shows she's worried about why he's so melancholy; Benvolio, Romeo's friend investigates and finds out the cause of his
sadness is the woman he loves, Rosaline, doesn't love him back.
Later, he again shows he's a hopeless romantic after he falls in love at first sight with Juliet. "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?It is the east, and Juliet is the sun" (II,i).
This shows he's a romantic because instead of just saying he loves her, he uses a metaphor to describe her and says that she is the sun, meaning that the world revolves around her. Shakespeare creates Romeo, the hopeless romantic, as a stereotype of a teenage boy; like most boys his age he is constantly thinking about girls and falling in love.
_____________ _____________ _____________ Homework: Using your journal
from last night, create an ABC paragraph that clearly and concisely describe what kind of person Romeo Montague is. Use at least 3 examples to back up your hypothesis. At least one of your examples should include a quote. klgkyhkihjuk
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