Basics of Writing a Paragraph
Paragraph <ul><ul><li>Definition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A paragraph states a point.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It con...
Paragraph Cont’d. <ul><ul><li>Characteristics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well-focused topic sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
Overview Concluding or Transitional Sentences <ul><ul><li>Identifies the content of the paragraph </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Topic Sentence <ul><ul><li>Topic Sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies a focused meaning of the paragraph </li></...
Supporting Details <ul><ul><li>Supporting Details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain the topic sentence </li></ul></ul><ul...
Ending Sentence <ul><ul><li>Transitional and Concluding Sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A transitional sentences move...
TOPIC SENTENCE One of my favorite desserts is cake . <ul><li>SUPPORTING DETAILS </li></ul><ul><li>Detail 1--First order su...
Resources <ul><ul><li>Need Additional Resources? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See the All Nations Leadership Institute websi...
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Paragraph Basics

  1. 1. Basics of Writing a Paragraph
  2. 2. Paragraph <ul><ul><li>Definition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A paragraph states a point. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It contains details about the point. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The details explain and expand the point’s meaning. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Paragraph Cont’d. <ul><ul><li>Characteristics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well-focused topic sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unified and specific supporting details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transitional and concluding sentences </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Overview Concluding or Transitional Sentences <ul><ul><li>Identifies the content of the paragraph </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes a point about the topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connects to the previous paragraph </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain the topic sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support the topic sentence with evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw the paragraph to a close </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lead to the next paragraph </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Topic Sentence <ul><ul><li>Topic Sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies a focused meaning of the paragraph </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes a point about the topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connects to other paragraph sentences </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Supporting Details <ul><ul><li>Supporting Details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain the topic sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show multiple supports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create unification </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Ending Sentence <ul><ul><li>Transitional and Concluding Sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A transitional sentences moves the reader from one point in the paragraph to another. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The concluding sentence closes the paragraph and transitions to the next paragraph. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. TOPIC SENTENCE One of my favorite desserts is cake . <ul><li>SUPPORTING DETAILS </li></ul><ul><li>Detail 1--First order support –Tell me more. </li></ul><ul><li>I love all cakes. If you pushed me to tell you which cake is my favorite, I would say chocolate. </li></ul><ul><li>Detail 2 -- Second order support---Because… </li></ul><ul><li>When I think of chocolate, my mouth waters because of its savory taste and complex flavors. </li></ul><ul><li>Detail 3 -- Third order support—So that… </li></ul><ul><li>As far as I am concerned, the combination of taste and flavor sends me into euphoria. </li></ul><ul><li>CONCLUDING AND TRANSITIONAL SENTENCES </li></ul><ul><li>Certainly, chocolate cake ranks high on my list as a favorite dessert. While I am very fond of it, I place chocolate moose track ice cream in the top position. Perhaps, I have a bias towards chocolate desserts. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resources <ul><ul><li>Need Additional Resources? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See the All Nations Leadership Institute website at http://allnationsleadershipinstitute.org . Go to the Student Services tab and find other resources in the drop-down menu such as Student Support and Student Tutorials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find other supplemental information on your ANLI course website. </li></ul></ul>

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