Writing 1.1 Paragraph Structure
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E1 - Explanation
Step 1: Decide the Topic of your paragraph
What is your paragraph about? You might choose a general theme, like 'Canada' or 'Handong' or 'Fast Food'.
Step 2: Decide the Main Idea of your paragraph
The main idea should be more specific and focused.
Canada -> why it's a good country to visit
Handong -> how HGU students can succeed
Fast Food -> is terrible for your body
Step 3: Develop a Topic Sentence
A strong topic sentence begins and focuses the paragraph. Direct topic sentences should always contain a topic, a main idea, and a list of supporting points. Indirect topic sentences only have a topic and a main idea.
Direct: Canada is a great country to visit because it has beautiful nature, interesting cities, and a wide variety of delicious food.
Indirect: There are many reasons to visit Canada.
Step 4: Add your Supporting Points.
Add to your paragraph and strengthen it with the following evidence:
• Facts, details, reasons, examples
• Information from the readings or class discussions
• Paraphrases or short quotations
• Statistics, polls, percentages, data from research studies
• Personal experience, stories, anecdotes, examples from your life
Step 5: Conclusion
Summarize or restate the main idea of your paragraph and give it an application. Why did you write this paragraph? What change do you want to create in your reader?
E2 - Examples
E3 - Exercises
E4 - Expansion
E5 - External Links