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?
More traditional form of Purposes:
paragraphing Arouse interest
Emphasize a point
Commonly found in Provide transition
formal essays. Show shift in speakers
Commonly seen in news