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9/17/15 11:35 AMEng 200 1.6. ParagraphingPage 1 of 4Last Updated: Fall 2015English 200: Composition IIInstructor:Dennis KawaharadaENG 200 Course SyllabusENG 200 Course ScheduleLaulima Website: University of North CarolinaWriting Center: Handouts MenuEditing and Proofreading Review: Links at the Purdue University OWLLesson 1.6. Revision—ParagraphingParagraphsare units of writing composed of one or more sentences. Paragraphs areindicated by indented first sentences or line spaces between paragraphs (as in the web pagesfor this course).In an expository essay, a paragraph signals a new idea or detail; in an argumentative essay, aparagraph identifies a new reason or fact to support a claim (evidence) or counter argument; innarrative essays (stories), a paragraph may signal a shift in action or time frame, forward orbackward, or a change of speaker (when writing dialogue, what each person says set off in itsown paragraph).Some textbooks on college writing suggest the number of sentences an expository paragraphshould have. For example, Purdue OWL advises the following:...writers should beware of paragraphs that only have two or three sentences. It's apretty good bet that the paragraph is not fully developed if it is that short. (OnParagraphs)Aim for three to five or more sentences per paragraph. (Paragraphs: LengthConsistency)But paragraph length varies greatly with the purpose, audience, subject, genre, and length ofan essay.A single sentence may be set off as a paragraph (as this one is),for emphasis.Newspaper articles, reporting facts rather than developing ideas, use short paragraphs—generally one or two, maybe three, sentences long. Each paragraph in a newspaper article maypresent a fact or a couple of related fact.Short paragraphs make for easier reading, which is why newspaper writers and editors prefershort paragraphs, with not more than three sentences.
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