CONSTRUCTING THE PARAGRAPH

1. TOPIC SENTENCES

Tutorial


Dr. Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Computers for Education 

Professor Emeritus, CSU, Sacramento

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Paragraph shape



The hand-written paragraph generally has this basic outline. The first sentence is usually indented 5 spaces, or about 1 inch.

In electronic or single-spaced documents, the paragraph might have no indentation, with a double space between them.


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paragraph animation



A good-sized paragraph, the kind you will write most often, is about 4 to 10 sentences long.


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Shape 2



Usually, the topic sentence comes at or near the beginning of the paragraph. It tells what the whole paragraph will be about.


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Shape 5



But sometimes, for special effect, the topic sentence is placed near the end of a paragraph.


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Shape 6



Every sentence in the paragraph refers to and supports the main idea of the topic sentence in some way.


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  topic1Animated topic and support sentences  


It's worth repeating: Every sentence in the paragraph refers to and supports the main idea of the topic sentence in some way.


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Shape 8


To conclude, the topic sentence is the best summary of the whole paragraph.


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