How to write a paragraph-




If you are still writing e-mail messages and even reports using all in on e paragraph, then read this closely or expect many submissions to be either returned or ignored.

The structure of a paragraph is simple. Topic, evidence, conclusion. You can expand that by adding a sentence of support to the topic, a sentence of development to the evidence, and a sentence of summary to the conclusion. Paying strict or too close attention to these guide lines however, can be poor writing in itself. Notice that many time I use two sentences to write a paragraph. The method is not cast in stone, don’t make it so.

Highly developed paragraphs can be four to six sentences long. Beyond that, you really have to know what you are trying to say and it is said that the average person doesn’t know enough to pack that much information into one topic.

If you struggle with the structure I mention, just create paragraphs to make the document look good. NO ONE wants to read a one paragraph thesis. Just remember, spaces between paragraphs allow readers to know when they can give their mind a rest. Single paragraph papers are rarely read and are boring if they are.

Another technique is to write the paragraph to get your thought written and then break into paragraphs as you re-read and see where you bring in new information. It is natural to think in paragraphs and sometimes you can see where to make breaks.

Be aware, I will reject papers if you don’t even try to use paragraphs. Some students are not even aware of this as a problem in communication.

Here is the same information written above to show what I mean. Try to read it. Believe it or not, I get a lot of write ups like this.

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If you are still writing e-mail messages and even reports using all in on e paragraph, then read this closely or expect many submissions to be either returned or ignored. The structure of a paragraph is simple. Topic, evidence, conclusion. You can expand that by adding a sentence of support to the topic, a sentence of development to the evidence, and a sentence of summary to the conclusion. Paying close attention to these guide lines can be poor writing in itself. Notice that many time I use two sentences to write a paragraph. The method is not cast in stone, don;t make it so. Highly developed paragraphs can be four to six sentences long. Beyond that, you really have to know what you are trying to say and it is said that the average person doesn’t know enough to pack that much information into one topic. If you struggle with the structure I mention, just create paragraphs to make the document look good. NO ONE wants to read a one paragraph thesis. Just remember, spaces between paragraphs allow readers to know when they can give their mind a rest. Single paragraph papers are rarely read and are boring if they are. Another technique is to write the paragraph to get your thought written and then break into paragraphs as you re-read and see where you bring in new information. It is natural to think in paragraphs and sometimes you can see where to make breaks. Be aware, I will reject papers if you don’t even try to use paragraphs. Some students are not even aware of this as a problem in communication.

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8/28/12