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Paragraphs = Topic sentence + Argument + Examples/Proof
Transcript of Paragraphs = Topic sentence + Argument + Examples/Proof
Don't be afraid to EDIT your topic sentence after you've written the paragraph.
Be ready to edit the details in your paragraph if they don't match the topic sentence. Maybe those details need to go in a different paragraph.
of your paragraph needs to tell your "treasure hunter" readers
what the treasure will be
Once you know what your argument will be, you need to support it with:
--so your reader will believe you.
Look at your paragraph.
Does it all add up to the same idea?
Do your evidence and examples flow logically?
Did you miss anything?
Does it make sense?
Examples provide a way for your reader to visualize what you are saying.
Every nugget of gold (your paragraph) needs a wrap up sentence.
This last sentence should restate the main argument and then lead us to the next paragraph.
Wrap up your "Treasure"
Your topic sentence should
make a strong statement,
one that can be argued.
Everything inside your paragraph should relate to your topic sentence, and vice versa.
Real-World examples are always best, because they are believable.
You might need to
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Social Studies Teacher
Jenks High School
Created by Grace Alexander
Remember, the primary PURPOSE of these paragraphs is to inform, not entertain.
You should always have a stance, an argument,
to inform your readers about.
Anyone can repeat facts;
historians make points!
the treasure of informational paragraphs.