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Writing the Perfect Paragraph

Your main goal in writing a solid paragraph is to do the following:

  • Begin with a discussible point (the topic sentenceówhat is the paragraph about)

  • Stick to the point (provide evidence or support for the topic sentence)

  • Prove the point; donít merely repeat it (now, explain the evidence or support)

  • Link your sentences to make your ideas easy to follow (link by using transitional words and phrases, by repeating key words or pronouns, or by using similar sentence patterns).

The paragraph should be structured as follows:

1st sentenceótopic sentence (what the paragraph is about)

2nd sentenceó1st piece of evidence or support for the topic sentence

3rd sentenceóback up the 2nd sentence with more explanation as to     how or why this supports the topic sentence.

4th sentenceó2nd piece of evidence or support for the topic sentence

5th sentenceóback up the 4th sentence with more explanation as to how or why this supports the topic sentence.

6th sentenceó3rd piece of evidence or support for the topic sentence

7th sentenceóback up the 6th sentence with more explanation as to how or why this supports the topic sentence.

8th sentenceóconcluding sentenceósum up the paragraph with a conclusion.

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