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Paragraph Structure

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Allison Kifer

on 1 October 2015

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Transcript of Paragraph Structure

Paragraph Structure
Supporting Material
Topic Sentence
Answers
the question.
Includes
a
"topic" and "controlling idea"
(called the main idea in the video).
Conclusion
Restates

main ideas expressed in paragraph.
Supporting Argument/Idea
Acts as a "mini" claim - an even more specific aspect of your topic sentence. It also "sets up" your example by alerting the reader what it is your example will specifically relate to.
Example:
Online courses are harmful because of uncontrollable possibilities.
Specifically, online courses do not have much supervision.
or
Online courses are harmful because of uncontrollable possibilities.
Specifically, technical difficulties could occur while a student is completing an assignment.
Question: Are online high school courses beneficial or harmful to students?

Weak: Online high school courses are harmful. OR Online high courses are harmful for many reasons.

Acceptable: Online courses are harmful because students can cheat and the program can malfunction.

Acceptable and sophisticated: Online courses are harmful because of uncontrollable possibilities.


Examples
Proves
your claim by supporting it with something specific. An example may be:
a paraphrase
a quotation
an anecdote
Example:
Online courses are harmful because of uncontrollable possibilities.
Specifically, online courses do not have much supervision.
For example, some educators worry that "online learning will increase plagiarism" ("Online Learning").
Explanation
Connects
the example back to the claim; elaborates
why
your claim and example are true.
Example:

Online courses are harmful because of uncontrollable possibilities.
Specifically, online courses do not have much supervision.


For example, some educators worry that "online learning will increase plagiarism" ("Online Learning").

Since teachers are not overseeing students' online work and parents cannot be held accountable, it is easy to cheat with online courses.
Develops
your claim through
supporting arguments
,
examples
, and
explanations
Example:

Online courses are harmful because of uncontrollable possibilities.
Specifically, online courses do not have much supervision.


For example, some educators worry that "online learning will increase plagiarism" ("Online Learning").

Since teachers are not overseeing students' online work and parents cannot be held accountable, it is easy to cheat with online courses.
{Include other set of supporting material}
All in all, as a result of limited oversight and potential technological difficulties, online courses for high school students are not beneficial.
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