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Hamburger Paragraph

How to write a paragraph using topic sentence, main ideas, and concluding sentence.
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Bryan Nance

on 14 November 2013

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Transcript of Hamburger Paragraph

The Hamburger Paragraph
I know what you're thinking.

"Great. Another analogy for a paragraph."
Prepare to be amazed!
First, there's the bun on the top,
with the yummy sesame seeds.
We'll call this the Topic Sentence.
Next is crunchy lettuce.
Then comes the gooey cheese.
And then the warm hamburger patty.
There can be other things that fill the burger like tomatoes and pickles.
Finally, there's the bottom bun.
This is your first main idea.
This is your second main idea.
This is your third main idea.
These are the supporting examples
This is the concluding sentence.
It INTRODUCES the topic of a paragraph without announcing it.
It HOOKS the reader.
It puts QUESTIONS in the reader's mind.
It uses
THOUGHT PROVOKING words.
It is usually the FIRST sentence.
It provides a TRANSITION from the previous paragraph.
Not all topic sentences will contain all 6 of these characteristics.
A writer should strive for the ideal.
Put the sentences below in order, starting with the topic sentence.
A) Michael is also a very unselfish player; he is always setting up other players to score goals.
B) Without Michael on our team, we would not be in first place in the league.
C) Michael is the best hockey player on the team.
D) He has scored more goals than any of his team-mates this season.
A) His cousins were very bright and learned basic English very quickly.
B) Enzo's cousins from Italy arrived to spend the summer in Canada.
C) When their holiday was over, they could express themselves very well.
D) They did not speak a word of English so Enzo began to teach them some everyday expressions.
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A good topic sentence has
6 characteristics
1. The Topic Sentence:

The poodle makes a perfect pet because poodles offer their owners a companionship for life, not to mention that they have a loveable personality.

This could be your topic sentence. It tells the reader that poodles are in fact perfect pets. This may or may not be true and so you would need to provide proofs as to why this could be true. However, it is an interesting statement and catchy because the reader wants to hear why the author thinks so, or what justifies this statement.
2. The First Main Point:

Poodles are sweet, smart, playful, and well mannered and they love to be around people. They are always willing to lend their unquestionable love and loyalty when you need it the most and they are yours for life.

This main point talks about the dogs’ personality and their companionship relating to the topic sentence, helping prove that poodles are ideal pets. Although, most likely a reader would need more convincing
3. The Second Main Point:

Apart from being a happy spirited dog and a great companion, the poodle is small and doesn’t require a lot of room, so they are ideal for apartments or city settings.

This is more convincing now. Most of the people that live in cities or small apartments are looking for a small dog that is suited to their city lifestyle and this sentence proves that these dogs are ideal as pets. However, you still need more proof of this fact because not all of us live in the city.
4. The Third Main Point:

The poodle is suited to most environments and lifestyles; whether it'll be living in the suburbs or downtown, with one person or a couple, or even living with a family and children, the poodle fits right in.

This point backs up the topic sentence that the poodle is the perfect pet because it mentions that this dog will fit into any type of family. This third point helps prove that this breed of dog is suited for most lifestyles and settings.
5. Conclusion:

The poodle is a dog that warms your heart with its character. It becomes a part of your family no matter where you live and it can provide you with love and companionship that you won’t want to do without. In fact, you can’t ask for a better dog.

The conclusion sums up all the other points made and ties all the points nicely together. After reading the paragraph and all its elements as a unit the reader should feel a sense of unity. Often a well written paragraph will feel complete and it will seem natural to stop reading when the paragraph closes. So keep in mind for every great piece of writing there are great paragraphs put together.
The poodle makes a perfect pet because poodles offer their owners a companionship for life, not to mention that they have a loveable personality. Poodles are sweet, smart, playful, and well mannered and they love to be around people. They are always willing to lend their unquestionable love and loyalty when you need it the most and they are yours for life. Apart from being a happy spirited dog and a great companion, the poodle is small and doesn’t require a lot of room, so they are ideal for apartments or city settings. The poodle is suited to most environments and lifestyles; whether it be living in the suburbs or downtown, with one person or a couple, or even living with a family and children, the poodle fits right in. The poodle is a dog that warms your heart with its character. It becomes a part of your family no matter where you live and it can provide you with love and companionship that you won’t want to do without. In fact, you can’t ask for a better dog.
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