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  • 1. Well-developed Paragraphs
  • 2. Paragraphs
    should be organized around one controlling idea that is usually stated in the topic sentence.
    are made up of supporting sentences that develop the main idea.
    are the product of synthesizing your research and your analysis.
    flow from one to the next using transitions.
  • 3. Essentials
    Organization
    Support
  • 4. Topic sentence
    Tells the reader what your paragraph is about
    Includes the topic of the paragraph (i.e. subtopic) and a particular feeling/feature about the topic.
    i.e. Through four decades of struggle and social change in the US, affirmative action (topic) has shifted from its original meaning and purpose (feature).
  • 5. Body
    The main part of the paragraph
    Contains the information needed to support the topic sentence and understand the topic.
    Includes:
    Main points about subtopic
    Supporting details
    Research
    Analysis of information (connect to topic sentence)
    Organized in a logical order
  • 6. Closing sentence
    Comes after all of the details have been included in the body of the paragraph
    Serves to:
    Remind your reader of the topic
    Summarize the paragraph
  • 7. Transitions
    Link ideas together
    Paragraph to Paragraph
    May appear at the start or end of a paragraph.
    Sentence to Sentence
    Link ideas together within the body of a paragraph.
  • 8. Example

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