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Paragraphs and topic sentences


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Paragraphs and topic sentences

  1. 1. A paragraph is a group of sentences aboutone main idea. It can be short or long,depending on if the topic or idea you havebeen covering has been fully explored in thatparagraph. Although is recommended thatthe paragraph is no longer than 10 lines.Once you feel happy that you have nothingfurther to say on that particular subject, youshould move on to a new paragraph.
  2. 2. The topic of a paragraph is generally introducedby a key sentence. This is called a topicsentence because it contains the central idea ofthe paragraph. It often -but not always- comesat the beginning of the paragraph.Topic sentence: tells the reader what theparagraph is about.Supporting sentences: add details to the topicsentence.Ending sentence: this concludes or closes theparagraph.
  3. 3. The topic sentence could be: College is very important.These can be supporting sentences: You learn how to study. Teachers teach you how to organize your work. You learn how to use computers.The supporting sentences can be moved around sothat the paragraph is in order or makes moresense.To strengthen your writing, make sure that each ofyour supporting sentences relates well to the topicsentence. It is not enough to be generally in thesame topic area.
  4. 4. The ending sentence closes or finishes theparagraph. Ending sentences can:a) repeat the topic sentence in a different wayb) express how we feel about the topicc) express what we think about the topic.It is important to go to college (repeating topicsentence)I love going to college (expresses feelings)I think college is important for people of allages (expresses thoughts).