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Fine Tuning Your Paragraph

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Chris Page

on 20 January 2015

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Transcript of Fine Tuning Your Paragraph

Think of your support, the body of your paragraph, like arrows that you shoot at your target: your thesis.
Good support will strike your thesis dead-on. Poor support will miss its target.
So first, make sure your support is on-point.

This just means that your paragraph should have a clear focus.
So, in a paragraph about the new Mars Rover "Curiosity," don't include a lot of information about your favorite pizza.
Let's say our point, or thesis, is:
"Homework sucks"

What are some supports that would be on-point?
What about some that are off-point?
The other important thing to remember about support is that specific support is better than general support.
General support for our point above might be something like:
"it's boring."

This isn't a bad start, but what exactly does "boring" mean? Let's get more specific:
Use examples or details to make your support stronger.
Usually, homework is just practicing something we already learned in class, so it isn't new or exciting.
More detail:
For example, In Mr Page's class, we learned about compound sentences during class, and for homework we had to just keep working on compound sentences.
Specific examples and details make your argument, your thesis, more persuasive.
Let's use some dramatic examples:
Fine Tuning Your Paragraph!
A unified paragraph will be controlled by one main idea (your thesis). All of the supporting sentences in your paragraph should relate back to this main idea.
Writing Unified Paragraphs:
Take a look at the paragraph titled "Applying for a Loan" on page 75
What's the problem here?
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