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How to Write a Paragraph

For a beginning writing class or ESL/EFL/ELL class
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Amy Lindquist

on 15 September 2012

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Transcript of How to Write a Paragraph

How to Write
a Paragraph A paragraph is a collection of sentences. What is a paragraph? These sentences are put together to form a single MAIN IDEA. Let's look at
an example... Most kids like spaghetti. They enjoy the taste of spaghetti. They love the smell of spaghetti. Some kids put tomato sauce on their spaghetti. Other kids like cheese on their spaghetti. Spaghetti is very popular with most kids. Something good to eat Notice that there is a collection of sentences,
AND
all of the sentences are about one main idea - spaghetti! Parts of a Paragraph Topic Sentence
Body
Concluding Sentence First sentence of the paragraph
The main topic (main idea) of the paragraph is stated here Topic Sentence The rest of the paragraph will be about this idea, and this idea only! Provides support for the topic sentence
Develops the main idea by providing details, reasons, and/or examples
There should be a minimum of 3-5 body sentences in a paragraph Body Two uses:
Summarizes the ideas in the paragraph
In an essay, it can act as a transition to the next paragraph Concluding Sentence Most kids like spaghetti. They enjoy the taste of spaghetti. They love the smell of spaghetti. Some kids put tomato sauce on their spaghetti. Other kids like cheese on their spaghetti. Spaghetti is very popular with most kids. Topic Sentence Most kids like spaghetti. They enjoy the taste of spaghetti. They love the smell of spaghetti. Some kids put tomato sauce on their spaghetti. Other kids like cheese on their spaghetti. Spaghetti is very popular with most kids. Body Sentences Most kids like spaghetti. They enjoy the taste of spaghetti. They love the smell of spaghetti. Some kids put tomato sauce on their spaghetti. Other kids like cheese on their spaghetti. Spaghetti is very popular with most kids. Concluding Sentence Warm up:
Write a topic sentence for a paragraph about your favorite activity or sport
Write 3-4 reasons why you think it is great Let's practice! When you finish with your ideas, write your paragraph! Dustin Koon - Some content was adapted from his original PPT "The Paragraph: Organization and Structure" written for an ESL 202 class at St. Cloud State University. Special thanks to: Volleyball Player Image: Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com

Spaghetti Image: http://openclipart.org/ Example Paragraph adapted from an exercise in "Great Sentences for Great Paragraphs" by Folse, Muchmore-Vokoun, and Solomon
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