The Paragraph

The Outline

  1. A paragraph is a series of sentences developing one topic.
  2. A paragraph contains a topic sentence.
  3. Develop the topic sentence.
    A. Facts
    B. Examples
    C. Incident
    D. Arguments
    E. Compare & Contrast
    F. Definition
    G. Combination of methods
  4. Unity
      Unity is achieved by discussing only ONE topic in the paragraph.
  5. Coherence
      A paragraph is coherent when its sentences are logically and clearly related to one another and their total effect is development of the paragraph topic. To insure coherence the details will follow one another logically and smoothly. Arrange them in order according to some definite plan.
    A. Chronological: the order of time
    B. Spatial: the order of position in space
    C. Order of Importance: order from least important to most important
    D. Compare & Contrast:
  6. Transitions: Use linking expressions and connectives which help the reader to follow the line of thought from one idea to the next

    Connectives
    and
    above
    again
    also
    although
    another
    as a result
    at last
    below
    besides
    beyond
    but
    consequently
    finally
    first
    for
    for example
    for instance
    further
    hence
    here
    however
    in addition
    in fact
    likewise
    moreover
    nearby
    nevertheless
    next to
    nor
    on the other hand
    or
    otherwise
    thus
    second
    similarly
    so
    such
    then
    therefore
    thus
    to sum up
    whereas
    yet

  7. Conclusion: Write a conclusion which will summarize or reemphasize the major point of the paragraph


Main Parts of the Paragraph
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Seven Types of Paragraph Development
Perfecting Paragraphs
The Paragraph
Paragraph Development
Writing Paragraphs
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