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The S.E.E. Method of Paragraph Writing

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Transcript of The S.E.E. Method of Paragraph Writing

The S.E.E. Method of Paragraph Development
Writing a Clear Paragraph Is As Easy as 1, 2, 3!

We write so the reader can SEE what we are trying to prove.
Answer the Prompt:
When answering a question or responding to a prompt, make your answer or response part of your statement (topic sentence).

Imagine you were asked to write a paragraph on who discovered America.
Color-Coding
The Statement (Topic Sentence) is in
blue
The Example (Concrete Detail) is in
red
The Explanation (Commentary) Sentences are in
green

Up First: The Root
A STATEMENT is a topic sentence that states a paragraph's main idea. This is the S in the S.E.E. method

It is the first sentence in the paragraph writing method, telling you what you are going to talk about.

It also states your claim, which is somewhat debatable.
Second: The Stem

EXAMPLES, also known as supporting sentences, strongly support the topic sentence and form the support every paragraph needs to have.
Whenever possible, directly cite a published source to provide the necessary examples to support your paragraph's topic sentence or statement.
This is the E in the S.E.E. method.
According to historian Lucie Gonzalez, Columbus "discovered America unintentionally while on a journey to establish a new and shorter route to India. The continent, however, bears the name of his navigator, Amerigo Vespucci" (69).

Ultimately, history has credited Christopher Columbus for the discovery of America in 1492.
Then Grow the Leaves!
Explanation Sentences (closing sentences) are your ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. Your Analysis!!!
They are your own interpretation of the examples.
EXPLANATION sentences bring your paragraph to a logical conclusion by clearly explaining how the cited examples strongly support and prove the topic sentence. This is the last E in the S.E.E. method
While many scholars note that other people had been living on the North and South American continents thousands of years before Columbus arrived, his discovery brought the New World to the attention of European people. Over time, many other explorers ventured westward. After his route became a reliable passage to these lands, travelers began settling in what would eventually become
the United States.
S.E.E. Writing a clear paragraph is as easy as
1,2,3!

A complete body paragraph needs 1 statement, at least 2 examples of support that are at least two sentences each, and an explanation of at least 3 sentences for ever example. When you do this, the reader will be able to SEE what you're trying to prove in your body paragraph, making writing as simple as 1,2,3, S.E.E.!


Put It All Together!
Ultimately, history has credited Christopher Columbus for the discovery of America in 1492.
According to historian Lucie Gonzalez, Columbus "discovered" America unintentionally while on a journey to establish a new and shorter route to India. The continent, however, bears the name of his navigator, Amerigo Vespucci" (69).
While many scholars note that other people had been living on the North and South American continents thousands of years before Columbus arrived, his discovery brought the New World to the attention of European people. Over time, many other explorers ventured westward. After his route became a reliable passage to these lands, travelers began settling in what would eventually become
the United States.
Now take a
look at your
paragraph!
Sophomore English
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