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What is a paragraph

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Paragraph (1)

  1. 1. The paragraph is a series of sentences developing © Capital Community College one topic.
  2. 2. The Topic Sentence • The topic of a paragraph is stated in one sentence. This is called the topic sentence. © Capital Community College
  3. 3. The rest of the paragraph consists of sentences that develop or main explain the main idea. idea • conclu di n senten g ce © Capital Community College Through the centuries rats have managed to survive all our efforts to destroy them. We have poisoned them and trapped them. We have fumigated, flooded, and burned them. We have tried germ warfare. Some rats even survived atomic bomb tests conducted on Entwetok atoll in the Pacific after World War II. In spite of all our efforts, these enemies of ours continue to prove that they are the most indestructible of pests.
  4. 4. Developing a Paragraph e n ten c e A topic s • vel op e d ay be de m details. y giving b © Capital Community College A tto ic A op icsent p sent nce eence may be may be deeveop d vellop d eed by givin by givin g eexam le g xamp s ples. . topic y Atopic ma A y e ncemaed n sente c elop d sente ev lope d bedeve lling be el g ytte in b by n a an t n ident ncide n ii c
  5. 5. Unity in the Paragraph Every sentence in a paragraph should support the main idea expressed in the topic sentence. main idea s ent e tenc sen e enc t sen © Capital Community College senten c ence e
  6. 6. The concluding or clincher sentence • Restate the topic sentence in different words. • A clincher sentence or concluding sentence clinches the point made in the paragraph. • It summarizes the paragraph. © Capital Community College
  7. 7. Coherence in a Paragraph Coherence in a Paragraph • Stick to the point: The ideas have a clear and logical relation to each other. • Put details or examples or incidents in logical order. chronological in relation to each other in order of importance © Capital Community College 4 3 2 1
  8. 8. Connecting Sentences Within the Paragraph Transition words chronological order objects in relation to one another in order of importance first next to however meanwhile in front of furthermore later beside as a result afterwards between in fact finally behind yet © Capital Community College
  9. 9. Types of Paragraphs • The narrative paragraph • tells a story • The persuasive paragraph. • tries to convince the audience • The descriptive paragraph • describes something • The expository or explanatory paragraph • gives information or explains something © Capital Community College
  10. 10. Types of Paragraphs • The narrative paragraph • tells a story • The persuasive paragraph. • tries to convince the audience • The descriptive paragraph • describes something • The expository or explanatory paragraph • gives information or explains something © Capital Community College

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