Presentation on theme: "7 th Grade. A 3.8 paragraph is made up of EIGHT sentences and THREE Reasons/Arguments Topic Sentence (1 Sentence) Reason 1 and Supporting Sentence."— Presentation transcript:
A 3.8 paragraph is made up of EIGHT sentences and THREE Reasons/Arguments Topic Sentence (1 Sentence) Reason 1 and Supporting Sentence (2 Sentences) Reason 2 and Supporting Sentence (2 Sentences) Reason 3 and Supporting Sentence (2 Sentences) Closing Sentence (1 Sentence)_____________ Totaling 8 Sentences
Paragraph can be longer than 3-5 sentences. Three-five sentences are a good starting point, but a strong writer gives stronger explanations for their topic sentence. Having three reasons and giving support for those reasons create a stronger argument.
While many may disagree, I believe Duke is the best basketball team in the NCAA. Last year, Duke won the 2010 NCAA tournament. Although they did not play them, Duke beat out the Kentucky Wildcats who were considered to be the number one team in the nation. They are an experienced team. Duke has won four National Championships. They also have a winning coach. Coach K boasts over 880 wins. Come March, Duke will once again prove to the non-believers that they are the BEST.
Get out your worksheet with two paragraphs. Highlight the topic sentence and closing sentence with one highlighter. Highlight the three reasons with another highlighter. Highlight the supporting sentences with a third highlighter. Each highlighter should be a different color. Which paragraph is a 3.8 paragraph?
The main reason kids need uniforms is that uniforms make life easier for everyone. First of all, if kids wore uniforms they would be on time for school. Picking out clothes for school would be a snap since they wouldn’t have to make decisions about what to wear. Uniforms would make things easier for parents too. If all kids wore khakis and button-down shirts, parents wouldn’t have to buy them so many different kinds of clothes. Finally, uniforms would make things easier for teachers. If kids wore uniforms to school, there wouldn’t be so many fights on the playground. Everyone would have the same clothes and no one would get teased because of what they wore. So you see, if kids wore uniforms to school, it would be easier on everyone.
You now have three minutes to place the cut pieces into the correct order of a 3.8 paragraph. Begin with the topic sentence and end with the closing sentence. Your most important argument should come first. Your least important argument should come last.