Organizing Ideas into Paragraphs

Organizing Ideas in Paragraphs

Paragraphs help readers comprehend your writing.

As a reader, the end of a paragraph tells you one idea has ended and another is about to begin.

Paragraphs cause readers to pause and absorb what they just read.  Therefore, paragraphs can be used to control readers pace or to get the reader to focus on a single sentence or word.

The Main Rule: 1 idea per paragraph

Parts of a Paragraph:

TOPIC SENTENCE -the first sentence, which tells you what the paragraph is about.

SUPPORTING DETAILS – middle sentences, which explain and support the topic sentence.

CONCLUDING SENTENCE – reinforces the topic sentence and wraps up the paragraph.

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