- A paragraph is a series of sentences developing one topic.
The paragraph deals with one subject according to a definite plan with sentences that follow
one another clearly and smoothly.
- A paragraph contains a topic sentence.
The main idea of the paragraph is expressed in the topic sentence. Place the topic sentence
at or near the beginning of the paragraph.
- Develop the topic sentence.
Develop the paragraph by giving additional detailed information in support of the idea
expressed in the topic sentence.
- A. Facts
- B. Examples
- C. Incident
- D. Arguments
- E. Compare & Contrast
- F. Definition
- G. Combination of methods
Unity is achieved by discussing only ONE topic in the paragraph.
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
- 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:
- Transitions: Use linking expressions and connectives which help the reader to follow the line
of thought from one idea to the next
| and |
as a result
| for |
| on the
to sum up
- Conclusion: Write a conclusion which will summarize or reemphasize the major
point of the paragraph
Main Parts of the Paragraph
Read about the paragraph.
Seven Types of Paragraph Development
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