Writinga perfectparagraph[1]

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Writinga perfectparagraph[1]

  1. 1. WRITING A PERFECT PARAGRAPH From brainstorming to publishing
  2. 2. CHOOSE A TOPIC <ul><li>A paragraph is a group of sentences that develop or explain a single topic. </li></ul><ul><li>That means that for one paragraph, your topic should be limited. </li></ul><ul><li>TOO BROAD BETTER CHOICE </li></ul><ul><li>Dogs Hunting skills of a </li></ul><ul><li>Black Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Storms’ Effects Effects of the hail </li></ul><ul><li>yesterday </li></ul>
  3. 3. CHOOSE METHOD OF DEVELOPMENT Type ADVANTAGES DRAWBACKS research Provides lots of details Can involve books or websites Will not work for personal topics brainstorming Can work well for “list” topics Works well on topics you know Does not provide depth observation Is personal Can be done by the writer w/o books Is personal Limited to what you have experienced
  4. 4. SELECT PATTERN OF ORGANIZATION
  5. 5. ORGANIZE YOUR INFORMATION <ul><li>Use a graphic organizer </li></ul>
  6. 6. CRAFT A TOPIC SENTENCE The topic sentence expresses the main idea of your paragraph . A TOPIC SENTENCE should be interesting and make a statement.
  7. 7. YOU CHOOSE: This is my paragraph about Labrador Retrievers and hunting. OR Labrador Retrievers have several qualities which make them perfect hunting companions.
  8. 8. YOU CHOOSE: This is my paragraph about Labrador Retrievers and hunting. OR Labrador Retrievers have several qualities which make them perfect hunting companions. BOOO !
  9. 9. TOPIC SENTENCES ARE LIKE UMBRELLAS Every detail has to fit the topic sentence
  10. 10. WHICH WON’T FIT? <ul><li>If the topic sentence is: Labrador retrievers have many qualities that make them ideal hunting companions. </li></ul><ul><li>Which sentence would NOT belong in the paragraph? </li></ul><ul><li>Labrador retrievers often compete at famous dog shows. </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Labrador retrievers can carry objects in their mouths with great gentleness, which allows them to retrieve ducks that have been shot. </li></ul>
  11. 11. WHICH WON’T FIT? <ul><li>If the topic sentence is: Labrador retrievers have many qualities that make them ideal hunting companions. </li></ul><ul><li>Which sentence would NOT belong in the paragraph? </li></ul><ul><li>Labrador retrievers often compete at famous dog shows. </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Labrador retrievers can carry objects in their mouths with great gentleness, which allows them to retrieve ducks that have been shot. </li></ul>BOO
  12. 12. USE DETAILS TO COMPOSE <ul><li>Labrador retrievers have many qualities that make them ideal hunting companions. These dogs have an even temperament, and can be trained not to bark and disturb game birds. Labs were bred for swimming to retrieve ducks and therefore have webbing on their paws. This breed is noted for excellent swimming ability which ensures their safety when hunting waterfowl. Labrador retrievers can carry objects in their mouths with great gentleness, which allows them to retrieve ducks that have been shot. Labs are also loyal and loving, and not likely to run away when in the field. </li></ul>
  13. 13. LABS
  14. 15. Get BACK ON TASK and stop looking for puppy pictures !
  15. 16. THIS IS THE END, MY FRIEND <ul><li>FINALLY, write a concluding sentence. The concluding sentence sums up your ideas or restates the main idea from the topic sentence. </li></ul>
  16. 17. WHICH IS BETTER? <ul><li>I hope you like my ideas about Labs. </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>All of these traits enable the Labrador Retriever to accompany its owner on a hunting excursion. </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>To conclude, Labs are good dogs for families. </li></ul>
  17. 18. WHICH IS BETTER? <ul><li>I hope you like my ideas about Labs. </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>All of these traits enable the Labrador Retriever to accompany its owner on a hunting excursion. </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>To conclude, Labs are good dogs for families. </li></ul>NO
  18. 19. LET’S REVIEW! <ul><li>A Topic Sentence is like: </li></ul><ul><li>A. an umbrella </li></ul><ul><li>B. a rainstorm </li></ul><ul><li>C. Arkansas </li></ul><ul><li>D. a smile </li></ul>
  19. 20. LET’S REVIEW! <ul><li>A Topic Sentence is like: </li></ul><ul><li>A. an umbrella </li></ul><ul><li>B. a rainstorm </li></ul><ul><li>C. Arkansas </li></ul><ul><li>D. a smile </li></ul>

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