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					Topical Paragraph - Develops a main idea; has a
clear topic sentence, supporting details, and
transition to a new paragraph idea.

Functional Paragraph – A series of short paragraphs
that when, combined together, create one main idea.

Paragraphs – Functional or Topical?
           Topical                     Functional
   More traditional form of   Purposes:
    paragraphing                Arouse interest
                                Emphasize a point
   Commonly found in           Provide transition
    formal essays.              Show shift in speakers
                                Present dialogue

                               Commonly seen in news
                               writing

				
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