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H1112: Writing a S.P.A. Paragraph

Understanding this paragraph format!
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Douglas Skelley

on 4 September 2013

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Transcript of H1112: Writing a S.P.A. Paragraph

STep #3
S.P.A. paragraph form...

What is this?

The S.P.A. format is a way of writing a paragraph that will help you to build a paragraph in the proper way and in an easier way.
There are 3 different steps to writing in the S.P.A. format...

Each step works together to build off one another!
STEP #1
"S"
THE "S" IN "S.P.A." STANDS FOR:

"STATEMENT."
What does the statement part of a paragraph ask you to do?
The statement sentence is also known as a topic sentence

Makes an argument for your thesis
Should be your idea, not someone else’s
Encompasses the entire paragraph
informs the reader of the subject that will be discussed in the paragraph
asserts the writer’s point of view or attitude
intrigues the reader to continue reading
is not vague, rambling, too narrow or too broad.
Let's look at some examples...
The "P" in "S.P.A." stands for :

Proof
How do you add proof to your paragraphs?

What does that even mean?
In This part of your paragraph you are adding in information that you have either gotten from a reading or other resource, that helps to prove that your statement is true.

You can add:

Data
Textual evidence
Details
Other sources / research
Information that Proves your statement
How do we do this?
What are the rules?
The "A" in S.P.A stands for:

Analysis

Step #2
What does "Analysis" mean?
Your Analysis should be 2 to 3 sentences that helps to connect and explain your statement and proof. Those two parts cannot stand without the analysis.

Your analysis will:
Explain how the statement (topic sentence) backs up thesis or the major question you are answering
Explains how proof proves your statement ␣
Makes explicit connections between the statement and the proof ␣
Does not rely on the reader to guess what you are trying to prove
Is not a summary of what you have already said.
Now that you know this we are going to try some in-class examples.. then work more on this independently tonight!
If you are not already there... please go to Moodle:)
so if the question is: Why did Neanderthal man become extinct?

You would write a statement sentence that was something like: Neanderthal man began to become extinct due to their inability to evolve as well as Cro-Magnon man.
We Add proof by adding in Internal citations or someones writing or ideas. Preferably someone who is an expert in the area. Watch the following Youtube video on how we do this.
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