Week 3 - Writing Effective Paragraphs

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Week 3 - Writing Effective Paragraphs Unit 1 – Review of Rhetoric & Composition Essentials
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Introduction Paragraphs are the engines that make writing work. Without paragraphs, written language would be a mess. However, with paragraphs, readers can easily decipher a writer’s thought process and the relationships between ideas. Mastering paragraphs is a fundamental element of good writing.
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Questions to consider… Where have you heard more formal introductions? What kind of information did they include? How do you organize your thoughts? When you explain an idea, how do you do it? How might different audiences warrant different paragraph styles? How might different topics or genres (for example, business reports vs. book reviews) warrant different paragraph styles?
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Questions to consider… How might a paragraph’s form reflect its content? What are some alternatives to the traditional model for placing and writing thesis statements?
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Paragraphs are well developed ideas that support a thesis. The general types are… Introductory paragraphs Body paragraphs Transitional paragraphs Concluding paragraphs
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Each of these paragraph types… serve a specific, and very different, purpose. As a good writer, it’s your job to know and understand these purposes. Doing so will make writing good paragraphs easier.
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Introductory paragraphs These paragraphs have one purpose: to set the stage by introducing the subject and your thesis. Consider how you introduce a friend at a party. Do you just let him or her stand idly by in the dark waiting to be noticed? I hope not. Typically, most friendly people introduce friends by sharing basic information: “Hi, this is my buddy Rob. He teaches in UB’s history department and lives out in Carroll County. He’s also a fabulous carpenter and is writing a history of farmhouse construction.”
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Introductory paragraphs The more elaborate the composition, the more detailed your introduction. Compare introductory paragraphs in academic essays, newspaper or magazine articles, textbook chapters, informal letters, e-mails, and business memos. What are the similarities and differences?
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Introductory paragraphs The “funnel” model – pg. 103 in LBH Engage the audience (a few sentences) Use a hook or device to engage readers. Your hook or device should be relevant to your subject, audience, and purpose. Provide background information and context (a few
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