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The 3.8 Paragraph

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Introduction
The 3.8 Paragraph is made up of....
Sentence 1: The Topic Sentence
The first sentence states the three points you are going to make about the topic.

Sentences 2 and 3: Discuss point 1
Sentences 2 and 3 develop the first point you wish to make with details, reasons, or examples.

Sentences 4 and 5:Discuss point 2
Sentences 4 and 5 develop the second point with details, reasons, or examples.

Sentences 6 and 7:Discuss point 3
Example: Finally, my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving, is in the fall. It provides a few days off in the middle of the first months of school to visit with friends and family while enjoying delicious food.

The 3.8 Paragraph
1 topic
3 points
8 sentences

Example: The fall is definitely my favorite season of the year because it is beautiful, the temperature is perfect, and Thanksgiving is in the fall.

Example: First, it is the most beautiful of the four seasons. The leaves of the trees seem to explode into glorious colors: reds, oranges, golds, and browns.

Example: Next, the temperature in the fall is perfect. The days in the low seventies let people comfortably wear whatever clothes they like, and the nighttime temperatures make for a great night’s sleep.

Sentences 6 and 7 develop the third point with details, reasons, or examples.

Sentence 8:The conclusion (or clincher)
Sentence 8 concludes the paragraph by restating or summarizing the topic sentence.

Example: More than any other season, the fall is my favorite time of year because of the beauty, the temperature, and the holiday.

Now, let’s put it all together:
Now, let’s recap the 3.8 formula:
Sentence 1--the topic sentence introduces the topic that contains three points

What do you remember about 3.8?
1. The 3.8 paragraph is one paragraph with...
a. 3 sentences b. 8 sentences
c. 11 sentences

2. The 3.8 paragraph makes...
a. 1 point b. 2 points c. 3 points

3. The first sentence...
a. develops one point b. is the topic sentence
c. is the concluding sentence
Quiz Continued:
4. The sentenced developing point one are...
a. 2 and 3 b. 4 and 5 c. 6 and 7

5. The sentences 6 and 7 develop...
a. Point 1 b. Point 2 c. Point 3

6. The eighth sentence...
a. develops point 2 b. five examples or details
c. Rewords or summarizes the topic sentence

Now you try...
Here’s what a new student needs to know about my school.

What I’ve broken or lost that belongs to someone else

My first friend

A visit to a relative’s house

My chores

A dedicated teacher or coach

When I was lost

My idea of a fun weekend

A school field trip

I’m principal for the day. Here’s my schedule of events.

A typical lunch hour

If only I would have listened!

How could TV be better?

My favorite neighbor

My bedroom from top to bottom

A memorable bus ride

My best class ever

My first concert

I’ve done something no one else has done.
Sentence 8--the clincher--restates the topic sentence.
Sentences 6 & 7--develop point three
Sentences 4 & 5--develop point two
Sentences 2 & 3--develop point one
The fall is definitely my favorite season of the year because it is beautiful, the temperature is perfect, and Thanksgiving is in the fall. First, it is the most beautiful of the four seasons. The leaves of the trees seem to explode into glorious colors: reds, oranges, golds, and browns. Next, the temperature in the fall is perfect. The days in the low seventies let people comfortably wear whatever clothes they like, and the nighttime temperatures make for a great night’s sleep. Finally, my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving, is in the fall. It provides a few days off in the middle of the first months of school to visit with friends and family while
enjoying delicious food. More than any other season, the fall is my favorite time of year because of the beauty, the temperature, and the holiday.
Write several sentences in 3.8 paragraph form to answer the following questions. Use all the lines. You may also continue writing on the back if you wish.

Describe your trip to Winona using as many details and descriptions as possible. Start with a description of your home and family. Describe leaving, your flight, and your arrival in the U.S. Where did you land? How did you get to Winona? How did you feel when you left, as you traveled, and when you arrived?
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