Writing paragraphs

How do I write a paragraph? How can I begin?
It is important to know how to write a paragraph. There are certain rules you should follow in order to write a paragraph and to know how to write term papers. Your first sentence should be a topic sentence and should contain the topic and an opinion on the topic. It should strictly not contain any supporting ideas which MUST feature in the next sentence. You should write at least three sentences supporting your ideas, with facts, reasons, examples, statistics, comparison, or an anecdote. Last, you should have a concluding sentence which reasserts your opinion, but does not have the same wording. Going by these helpful rules will lead to good paragraph writing.

There are also four stages in which we have categorized paragraph writing so as to make it a lot easier for you to learn the art. The four stages are:

Prewriting Paragraphs
Writing Paragraphs
Editing Paragraphs
Publishing Paragraphs


What is the prewriting stage?
The prewriting stage is when you think carefully and organize your ideas for your paragraph before you begin writing.
Six Prewriting Steps:
  1. 1.    Think carefully about what you are going to write:
    Ask yourself: What question am I going to answer in this paragraph? How can
    I best answer this question? What is the most important part of my answer?
    How can I make an introductory sentence from the most important part of my answer? What facts or ideas can I use to support my introductory sentence?
    How can I
  2. 2.     make this paragraph interesting? Do I need more facts on this topic? Where can I find more facts on this topic?

    2. Open your notebook:
    Write out your answers to the above questions. You do not need to spend a
    lot of time doing this. Just write enough to help you remember why and how
    you are going to write your paragraph.

    3. Collect facts related to your paragraph topic:
    Look for and write down facts that will help you to answer your question.


4. Write down your own ideas:
Ask yourself: What else do I want to say about this topic? Why should people
be interested in this topic? Why is this topic important?

5. Find the main idea of your paragraph:
Choose the most important point you are going to present. If you cannot
decide which point is the most important, just choose one point and stick
to it throughout your paragraph.

6. Organize your facts and ideas in a way that develops your main idea:
Once you have chosen the most important point of your paragraph, you must
find the best way to tell your reader about it. Look at the facts you have
written. Look at your own ideas on the topic. Decide which facts and ideas
will best support the main idea of your paragraph. Once you have chosen the facts and ideas you plan to use, ask yourself which order to put them in the paragraph. Write down your own note set that you can use to guide yourself
as you write your paragraph.

What is the writing stage?
The writing stage is when you turn your ideas into sentences.
Five Writing Steps:
1. Open your notebook and word processor.
2. Write the topic sentence, supporting sentences and closing sentence.
3. Write clear and simple sentences to express your meaning.
4. Focus on the main idea of your paragraph.
5. Use the dictionary to help you find additional words to express your ideas.
What is the editing stage?
The editing stage is when you check your paragraph for mistakes and correct them.
Grammar and Spelling
1. Check your spelling.
2. Check your grammar.
3. Read your assignment again.
4. Make sure each sentence has a subject.
5. See if your subjects and verbs agree with each other.



6. Check the verb tenses of each sentence.
7. Make sure that each sentence makes sense.
Style and Organization
1. Make sure your paragraph has a topic sentence.
2. Make sure your supporting sentences focus on the main idea.
3. Make sure you have a closing sentence.
4. Check that all your sentences focus on the main idea.
5. See if your paragraph is interesting.
What is the publishing stage?
The publishing stage is when you produce a final copy of your assignment to
hand in. The three most vital publishing steps are: 1. Make a paper copy of your paragraph.
2. Show your work to your teacher, tutor or parents.
3. Ask them for hints on how to improve your writing.


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