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PATTERNS OF PARAGRAPH ORGANIZATION Patterns of organization - refers to the various ways that a paragraph's sentences can be arranged 1) CHRONOLOGICAL - the order in which events happen. This pattern is used to tell a story, to relate an incident, to recount a historical event, or to describe the steps in a process 2) SPATIAL - refers to the arrangement of objects in an environment. It is most often used in descriptive writing. Spatial order helps a writer organize descriptive details and present them so that we can visualize the scene. Examples: near to far or far to near, right to left or left to right, top to bottom or bottom to top.
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Unformatted text preview: Transitions showing movement from one part of a scene to another allows us to visualize the whole. Transitions are often in the form of prepositional phrases. 3) DEDUCTIVE - the paragraph begins with the main idea, which is then reinforced by specific supporting sentences. This is the most common paragraph pattern. Deductive order is sometimes referred to as "general-to-specific" order. 4) INDUCTIVE - the opposite of deductive order. Inductive order involves a series of specific observations / supporting statements leading to a generalization (the main idea) that the reader can validly infer from those statements....
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course RDG 091 taught by Professor Chaloka during the Spring '09 term at Moraine Valley Community College.

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