CONSTRUCTING THE PARAGRAPH

 

2. TOPICS AND COMMENTS

Tutorial


Dr. Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Computers for Education

Professor Emeritus, CSU, Sacramento

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Topics & Comments 2



 
paragraph shape


Let's look at topic sentences in more detail.
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animated comment
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 topic and comment
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 cats make nicer pets than dogs
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death penality
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library
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paragraph shape
 

   The TOPIC announces what the paragraph will be about.

   The COMMENT controls the way that the main idea is developed and elaborated.
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driving a car
 

For example:
     This paragraph will give reasons why driving must be learned by experience. It might have short examples or narratives for support.

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nation's capitol
 

Another example:
      This paragraph will describe various buildings and features of the capitol that please and impress.
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roles in marriage
 

Another example:
     This paragraph will give examples of roles within marriage and how they are determined by gender. It will offer examples from several different societies.
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In sum, the paragraph should not introduce new ideas that are not included in the topic and comment. The comment controls all the ideas in the paragraph.

As you read other's paragraphs, see if you can
predict the content from the topic and comment. This
will help you read faster and remember more.

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