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Writing 3 paragraphs

  1. 1. Success with Writing Online Workshop Part 3: ParagraphsCreated by: Jane Mangano
  2. 2. Moving on... Perfect paragraphs• In the task box, write a few sentences answering this question: What is a paragraph?• This should take you about three minutes.
  3. 3. Perfect Paragraph• “A paragraph is a group of related sentences that discuss one (and usually only one) main idea. A paragraph can be as short as one sentence or as long as ten sentences. The number of sentences is unimportant; however, the paragraph should be long enough to develop the main idea clearly.” (Oshima & Hogue, 2006, p 2)
  4. 4. Perfect Paragraph• A paragraph has three parts.• Topic sentence• Supporting sentences• Concluding sentence – be careful here. Sometimes the final supporting sentence provides a sense of closure for the paragraph.
  5. 5. Go back to your sentence• ‘A successful student is organised, intelligent and motivated.’• Use that sentence as your topic sentence.
  6. 6. Writing a paragraph• Take the three attributes (organised, intelligent and motivated) and write one sentence on each of them.• Put it all together and you will have written a paragraph!• Spend some time proofreading and editing, until you have the ‘perfect paragraph’.• This should take about 15 minutes.
  7. 7. ChecklistDo all of your support sentences support the topic sentence with evidence and/or examples?Are all of your sentences correctly structured?Is the meaning clear?Have you included information that is not relevant?
  8. 8. Did your paragraph look like this?• A successful student is organised, intelligent and motivated. The student who is organised usually follows a time management plan that helps the student complete work on time. Being intelligent helps the student understand the complex content of each unit of study. A sense of motivation assists the student to follow the time management plan, and make the most of the intelligence with which he or she has been gifted.
  9. 9. Your Turn• Choose one of the topic sentences from the next slide.• Brainstorm until you have three points that directly support the topic sentence.• Write one sentence on each point.• Write a concluding sentence.• This will take about 20 minutes.• Write this in the task box.
  10. 10. Possible Topic SentencesDriving on freeways requires skill and alertness. ORSigning up for tutorials and lectures can be afrustrating experience for university students.N.B. Remember, you only have to pick onetopic sentence, and then write one paragraph.
  11. 11. ChecklistDo all of your support sentences support the topic sentence with evidence and/or examples?Are all of your sentences correctly structured?Is the meaning clear?Have you included information that is not relevant?
  12. 12. Congratulations!• You have completed the first part of the Success with Writing online workshop• I would suggest you take a break of about 15 minutes before continuing.
  13. 13. End of Part 3Please ensure you have completedeach of the tasks in section 3online.

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