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Paragraph Workshop

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paragraph
section of text focused on a single idea
main idea
the overall point of a paragraph
topic sentence
the sentence in which a paragraph's main idea is stated
supporting sentences
contain the details that prove, explain, or elaborate a paragraph's main idea
sensory details
what we experience through the senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell
facts
information that can be proven true by direct observation or by checking a reliable reference source
examples
typical instances of an idea
unity
all of the paragraphs & sentences relate to the central focus or main idea
coherence
the supporting details are connected and arranged so that the ideas logically and clearly flow
organizational structure
a way that the writer has organized his or her ideas; the most common are chronological, spatial, order of importance
chronological order
organizational structure in which details are arranged in order that they occur in time
spatial order
organizational structure in which the writer arranges the supporting details according to their location or space
order of importance
organizational structure of least to most or most to least; often used in persuasive writing
transitional words
a writer uses these to create coherence; categories include comparing and contrasting, showing cause and effect, showing time, showing place; showing support
descriptive
paragraph in which the writer describes a scene or object
narrative
paragraph in which the writer tells a story or explains a sequence of events
expository
paragraph in which the writer provides information in the form of facts, details, examples, definitions, answers
persuasive
paragraph in which the writer attempts to convince readers to believe and/or do something
essay
contains an introduction, body, and concluding paragraphs
introduction
the first paragraph of an essay where a thesis should be found
body
the paragraphs of an essay in between the introduction and conclusion in which the writer presents the main supportive, concrete details to support the thesis
conclusion
the last paragraph of an essay in which the writer ties together the supporting ideas and gives the readers a sense that the writing is complete
thesis
the main idea statement in an essay's introductory paragraph