What is the paragraph - To be effective, topic sentences...

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What is a Paragraph? It is a group of related sentences that express a main idea. Paragraphs are the building blocks of anything you write. They play important roles in expressing your ideas and helping readers follow your train of thought. Most paragraphs contain a topic sentence that states what the paragraph is about and conveys a controlling idea that express a main point or opinion. Other sentences in the paragraph relate to the topic sentence, supporting it with facts, details, comments, and observations . Topic sentences often open paragraphs to introduce the main idea and indicate the support to follow. But topic sentences can appear anywhere in a paragraph. They serve key roles in a paragraph, such as: Tell readers what the paragraph is about Make a general statement supported by the rest of the paragraph Indicate the kind of detail readers should expect in the paragraph Signal shifts in the writer’s train of thought Dramatize a writer’s main points, making writing easier to read and remember
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Unformatted text preview: To be effective, topic sentences have to be clearly and precisely worded. The more defined a topic sentence is, the easier it is for readers to grasp what you are trying to say. Some paragraphs may not have a topic sentence you can underline, but it must have unity and purpose. All the ideas in a paragraph should relate to a clear point readers will easily understand. All paragraphs should have a controlling idea. Important Points to Remember 1. Paragraphs are the building blocks of an essay. 2. Every paragraph must have a controlling idea supported by details. 3. Paragraph breaks signal transitions between main points. 4. Paragraph breaks are used to separate direct quotations in dialogue. 5. Precisely worded topic sentences guide writing, helping you decide what details to include in paragraphs and which details to leave out. Taken from: Get Writing: Sentences and Paragraphs. Author: Mark Connelly....
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