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Writing a Paragraph Week Three What is a Paragraph? A paragraph is a structured/organized combination of sentences on a single topic written in word.

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2 Writing a Paragraph Week Three

3 What is a Paragraph? A paragraph is a structured/organized combination of sentences on a single topic written in word wrap format. A paragraph contains; – A topic sentence – Supporting sentences – A concluding sentence

4 Different Paragraph Formats Facts/Informational Details/Descriptive Reasons/Persuasive

5 Where to Begin?? A great way to help organize your thoughts is to use a graphic organizer. When using an organizer, use short phrases not complete sentences. When you start writing your paragraph, you will take these phrases and use them in complete sentences. GO!

6 Facts/Informational Organizer Topic: – Fact w/examples Concluding: Topic: – Fact w/examples Concluding:

7 Fact/Informational Example Topic: Pacific Ocean – Fact: Location Example: extends from the Arctic in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south. Example: from Asia on the west to North and South Americas on the east – Fact: Size Example: covers 46% of the water surface Example: largest ocean – Fact: Name origination Example: “Tepre Pacificum” meaning “peaceful sea” Conclusion: Enjoying the Pacific Ocean

8 Details/Descriptive Organizer Topic – Detail/Examples Conclusion Topic – Detail/Examples Conclusion

9 Details/Descriptive Example Topic: College Enrollment – Detail: choosing a college Example: looking up programs at different colleges – Detail: completing an application – Detail: finding funding Example: student loans Example: grants – Detail: choosing classes Example: meeting with a counselor/mentor Conclusion: time and effort to enroll.

10 Reasons/Persuasive Organizer Topic: – Reason w/Examples Conclusion Topic: – Reason w/Examples Conclusion

11 Reason/Persuasive Example Topic: Learning to write a paragraph – Reason: needed for school Example: writing papers Example: discussion boards – Reason: getting a job Example: cover letters – Reason: communicating in business setting Example: memos Example: reports Conclusion: share and communicate your ideas

12 Organizers Notice that the number of Facts/Details/Reasons can vary depending on what needs to be share. Also notice that the number of examples can also varies. The size of your paragraph is up to you. *Rule of Thumb!! You want at least 5 sentences for a paragraph.*

13 Writing from the Organizer You will convert each phrase in your organizer into a complete sentence. Each of your completed sentences will be written in a paragraph with one sentence following the other. Your word processor will automatically word wrap your sentences. The beginning of a paragraph is indented meaning, hit the tab button once to move the start of the first sentence in about 5 spaces.

14 Let’s Back Track Let’s use the graphic organizer about the Pacific Ocean. Topic: Pacific Ocean – Fact: Location Example: extends from the Arctic in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south. Example: from Asia on the west to North and South Americas on the east – Fact: Size Example: covers 46% of the water surface Example: largest ocean – Fact: Name origination Example: “Tepre Pacificum” meaning “peaceful sea” Conclusion: Enjoying the Pacific Ocean Topic: Pacific Ocean – Fact: Location Example: extends from the Arctic in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south. Example: from Asia on the west to North and South Americas on the east – Fact: Size Example: covers 46% of the water surface Example: largest ocean – Fact: Name origination Example: “Tepre Pacificum” meaning “peaceful sea” Conclusion: Enjoying the Pacific Ocean

15 Convert to Sentences Topic: The Pacific Ocean is a beautiful and large body of water. – Fact #1: This ocean spans from the Arctic in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south and from Asia on the west to the North and South Americas on the east. – Fact #2: It is a fact that the Pacific Ocean is the largest body of water in the world covering 46% of the Earth’s water surface. – Fact #3: Ferdinand Magellan, an explorer, named the Pacific Ocean after the Latin words, “Tepre Pacificum” meaning “peaceful sea.” Conclusion: Many people from around the world enjoy this great ocean.

16 Completed Paragraph The Pacific Ocean is a beautiful and large body of water. This ocean spans from the Arctic in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south and from Asia on the west to the North and South Americas on the east. It is a fact that the Pacific Ocean is the largest body of water in the world covering 46% of the Earth’s water surface. Ferdinand Magellan, an explorer, named the Pacific Ocean after the Latin words, “Tepre Pacificum” meaning “peaceful sea.” Many people from around the world enjoy this great ocean.


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