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How To Write A Paragraph New Terminology New Structure
Topic Sentence : TS page 2 of writing tips. A Topic Sentence introduces the purpose or main idea of the paragraph. A TS must have an opinion idea in it, something more than a fact. A TS may have character names and details but it will directly tell your reader which part of the prompt you are addressing.
Concrete Detail : CD page 2 of writing tips. A Concrete Detail, or CD is a fact from the story used to prove your point in the TS. A CD is a quote taken directly from the reading used to support your main idea found in the TS. Remember, there are no opinion ideas in a CD, fact only.
Lead-Ins page 2 of writing tips. All CD’s must have a lead-in to surround the CD. For Example: “ ‘Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?’” (Steinbeck 107). This doesn’t work, a quote cannot stand alone, it must have a frame that you create.
Lead-Ins page 2 of writing tips As you get better at writing lead- ins, there will be more sentence frame, and less text. For example: Carlson shows himself to be completely disconnected from other people when he says: “‘Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?’” (Steinbeck 107).
Commentary: CM page 3 of writing tips. Commentary sentences, or CM’s are the most important part of your paragraph. CM sentences are the ideas that come out of your head about your main idea. CM sentences are your analysis of the main idea.
Commentary : CM page 3 of writing tips. CM sentences are where you prove your point with high level analysis. Be careful not to merely summarize what is happening in the reading, prove something in your commentary. Provide a SO WHAT in these sentences. Why should your reader care about what your are writing.
Concluding Sentence : CS page 3 of writing tips. The CS is where you wrap up the main idea of the paragraph. The CS will sound a lot like the TS. Often when I am finished with my own paragraph, I find my CS is much more focused and to the point when compared to my TS and I will often switch them.
General Paragraph Structure TS CD The CD, CM,CM,CM CM repetition is called a CM CHUNK. This is the CM structure for a one chunk CS paragraph.
Two-Chunk Paragraph Structure TS CD Remember, you can always have CM more commentary sentences, but CM you may never have less than three. CM CD To add a second chunk, you need to CM have a second piece of text and CM continue proving your point. CM The TS should support two ideas and CS your chunks should connect.
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