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Paragraph Structure

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Paragraph Structure
Example: Description
Bacon is the best part of the day. My favorite mornings begin with the scent of bacon in the air. My favorite type of bacon is the thick cut kind with the pepper around the edges. Last weekend, I cooked some of this kind of bacon and ate it by myself before anyone else woke up; I could not bear to share it with any of my worthless roommates. Bacon is even more enjoyable when eaten furtively, secretively in a fit of selfish passion. After eating a few strips of bacon, the best practice is to take a swig of hot coffee with milk and honey. Last weekend, I enjoyed coffee with my bacon, and the combination of these two items increased my quality of life by 500%. The honey tones down the greasy, salty flavor of the bacon, and the caffeine helps get a person going. All in all, bacon makes my life better than pretty much anything else I come into contact with.

Topic sentence + Transition/context sentence + Major Support 1 + Detail + Explanation +
Major support 2
+

Detail
+ Explanation
+

Concluding Sentence

= PARAGRAPH

(MS2) After eating a few strips of bacon, the best practice is to take a swig of hot coffee with milk and honey.


(D) Last weekend, I enjoyed coffee with my bacon, and the combination of these two items increased my quality of life by 500%.


(E) The honey tones down the greasy, salty flavor of the bacon, and the caffeine helps get a person going.

(CS) All in all, bacon makes my life better than pretty much anything else I come into contact with.
Paragraphs: What?
Seriously, they're just organized chunks of dense text.

That's all. Swear.

Once you know the formula, you can understand and write paragraphs better!
How many sentences?
They usually just require 3 minimum...

But in academic writing, the norm is more like 6-10 because ANALYSIS and EXPLANATION and DETAILS.
Topic sentence
+
Transition/context sentence
+ Major Support 1 + Detail + Explanation + Major support 2 + Detail + Explanation + Concluding Sentence = PARAGRAPH

(TS) Bacon is the best part of the day.


(Trans/Context) My favorite mornings begin with the scent of bacon in the air.
Topic sentence + Transition/context sentence +
Major Support 1
+
Detail
+
Explanation
+ Major support 2 + Detail + Explanation + Concluding Sentence = PARAGRAPH

(MS1) My favorite type of bacon is the thick cut kind with the pepper around the edges.

(D) Last weekend, I cooked some of this kind of bacon and ate it by myself before anyone else woke up; I could not bear to share it with any of my worthless roommates.


(E) Bacon is even more enjoyable when eaten furtively, secretively in a fit of selfish passion.
Formula for a Focused, Detailed Paragraph
Topic sentence

(Your claim or point)
+
Major Support 1 (Reason 1)
+
Detail
(
Specific evidence 1
)
+
Explanation

(Connects evidence & claim)
+
Major Support 2

(Reason 2)
+
Detail


(
Specific evidence 2
)

+
Explanation

(Connects evidence & claim)
+
Concluding Sentence

(Reminds reader of claim)
= PARAGRAPH


Optional:
-Transition/context sentence
between
TS
and
MS1
-MS3
-More than one
Detail
per
MS
There is a formula to fall back on.

The formula helps you develop your writing/ideas.

Use color coding to help yourself figure out what to write and when to write it.

Use formula + color coding after writing to check your paragraph.

Questions?
Decode
Paragraphs: Remember...
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