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Writing Effective Paragraphs A paragraph should be unified coherent and well developed Paragraphs are unified around a main point and all sentences in the paragraph should clearly relate to that point in some way The paragraphs main idea should be supported with specific information that develops or discusses the main idea in greater detail Creating a Topic Sentence The topic sentence articulates the main point in a paragraph You may create your topic sentence by considering the details or examples you will discuss What unifies these examples What do your examples have in common Reach a conclusion and write that conclusion first If it helps think of writing backwards--from generalization to support instead of from examples to a conclusion If you know what you main point will be write that as clearly as possible Then focus on key words in your topic sentence and try to explain them more fully Keep asking yourself How or Why or What examples can I provide to convince a reader After you have added your supporting information review the topic sentence to see that it still indicates the direction of your writing Purposes of Topic Sentences To state the main point of a paragraph To give the reader a sense of direction indicate what information will follow To summarize the paragraphs main point Placement of Topic Sentences This often appear as the first or second sentences of a paragraph and rarely appear at the end of the paragraph Supporting a Topic Sentence with Details To support a topic sentence consider some of the possible ways that provide details To develop a paragraph You the add dd examples tell a story that illustrates the point youre making discuss a process compare and contrast use analogies eg X is similar to Y because discuss cause and effect define your terms Reasons for beginning a new paragraph to show youre switching to a new idea to highlight an important
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