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Writing a paragraph using textual evidence
Transcript of Writing a paragraph using textual evidence
Step One: Topic Sentence
A topic sentence is the FIRST sentence of your paragraph. It explains what the entire paragraph will be about. EVERYTHING in that paragraph must relate to your topic sentence.
The Body: Prove your topic sentence using reason, logic, and TEXTUAL EVIDENCE!!
Here you make your reader agree that your topic sentence is correct. You have to use textual evidence!
A concluding sentence is your paragraph's LAST sentence that sums up what you wrote. It often rewords the topic sentence in some way.
If your topic sentence is this:
Little Red Riding Hood demonstrates the dangers of trusting strangers
Then you need to write ONLY about how the story shows that trusting strangers is dangerous.
Examples: As the story states, Little Red Riding Hood foolishly trusts the wolf, who is a stranger, and is literally eaten as result.
This relates back to our topic sentences of how Little Red Riding Hood is really about stranger Danger!
As the author states, "Little Red had never known a wolf before," thus Little Red was trusting a stranger of questionable character.
So does this
The wolf in the story presents a specific danger, as explored in the story's climax: he is cunning enough to disguise himself as Little Red's grandmother.
Textual evidence = specific examples from the story, sometimes using direct quotes (with quotation marks).
Textual evidence sentence starters....
According to the story.....
The author states....
In the third paragraph....
In the conclusion....
The story describes...
AND MANY MORE!
In conclusion, Little Red Riding Hood is clearly warning children about the potentially deadly consequences of trusting suspicious strangers.
Without a doubt, children who read "Little Red Riding Hood" are reading a morality tale about the danger of strangers.
Putting it all together....
In the classic fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood," readers learn that trusting strangers can be deadly.
First, we learn that the wolf is a new, unknown being to Little Red, as the author states she had
"never known a wolf before."
Even so, she makes the decision to stop and trust him, and the author makes a point of describing the scene in which
she accepts flowers from the stranger (the wolf)
. She also makes the mistake of telling the wolf she is
"going to Granny's house," enabling him to beat her to Granny's house.
There, he cunningly
disguises himself as Granny and the famous "what big teeth you have" scene ensues.
Both Granny and Little Red are rescued from certain death, but after quite a traumatic experience. Little Red's willingness to trust a stranger almost led to her death.
Thus, this story is clearly a tale about the dangers of trusting a stranger.