Types of Paragraphs

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        Definition Writing Practice
When writing a definition paragraph, you take a thing
   or an idea and explain what it is.
Example: Write a paragraph giving the definition of a
   jury.
The following words can help you to write a good
   definition paragraph:
1. “is defined as”
  • Example: A jury is defined as body of persons sworn to
    give a verdict on some matter submitted to them
2. “is a kind of”
  • Example: A jury is a kind of committee sworn to give a
    verdict on some matter submitted to them
       Classification Writing Practice
When writing a classification paragraph, you group things or
 ideas into specific categories.
Assignment: Write a paragraph discussing two types of
 teaching (learning) styles.
The following words can help you to write a good
 classification paragraph:
                       can be divided into
                            is a type of
                             falls under
                             belongs to
                            is a part off
                         is grouped with
                            is related to
                        is associated with
         Description Writing Practice
In a description paragraph, you are writing about what a person,
  place or thing is like. Sometimes, you may describe where a place
  is located.
Assignment: Write a paragraph describing what the Southern
  country looks like.
                                 OR
Assignment: Describe where the “Bible Belt” is located.
The following words can help you to write a good description
  paragraph:
         Properties   Measurement     Analogy       Location
            size         length        is like          in
           colors        width        resembles       above
           shape       mass/weight                   below
           purpose       speed                       beside
                                                      near
                                                   north/south/
                                                    east/west
Compare and Contrast Writing Practice
In a compare and contrast          Similarities     Differences
  paragraph, you write about the
  similarities and differences     is similar to   the other hand
  between two or more people,
  places, things, or ideas.            both          however
Assignment: Write a paragraph          also             but
  comparing prejudice (racism)
  in the 1960s and prejudice           too          in contrast
  (racism) today.
The following words can help         as well        differs from
  you to write a good compare                          while
  and contrast paragraph:
                                                      unlike
           Sequence Writing Practice
In a sequencing paragraph, you             Order               Time
  are writing to describe a series
  of events or a process in some     first, second, third,
                                                              recently
  sort of order. Usually, this                etc.
  order is based on time.             in the beginning       previously
Assignment: Write a paragraph
  outlining how a person                   before            afterwards
  becomes a lawyer.
                                             then              when
The following words can help
  you to write a good sequence              after              after
  paragraph.
                                           finally

                                            at last

                                        subsequently
          Persuasivehave
In a paragraph where you
                         Writing Practice
 to persuade, you need to         Point of View    Personal Opinion
 choose which object, idea, or
 action that you prefer. Often,   in my opinion       like/dislike
 you will need to give your           belief             hope
 opinion on a choice of actions
 or events. Persuasive                idea               feel
 paragraphs contain facts and
                                  understanding
 examples to support the
 opinion                           I think that
Assignment: Write a paragraph       I consider
 stating whether you would
 prefer to take notes while you     I believe
 read or after you read a
                                  it seems to me
 selection.
The following words can help         I prefer
 you to write a good persuasive
 paragraph:
        Explanation Writing Practice
In an explanation paragraph,
  you need to explain how or          Cause             Effect
  why something happens. Very
  often in social studies class,     because          therefore
  you will be asked to explore
  causes and effects of certain        since             thus
  events.
                                   as a result of   consequently
Assignment: Write a paragraph
  explaining why so many
                                     is due to          hence
  African Americans migrated
  north during the 1930s.
                                                    it follows that
The following words can help
  you to write a good                                if . . . then
  explanation paragraph:
          Evaluation Writing Practice
In an evaluation paragraph, you
 make judgments about people,        Criteria for
 ideas, and possible actions.                            Recommendation
                                     Evaluation
 You need to make your
 evaluation based on certain          good / bad             suggest
 criteria that you develop. In
 the paragraph, you will state     correct / incorrect     recommend
 your evaluation or
 recommendation and then           moral / immoral           advise
 support it by referring to your
 criteria.                           right / wrong           argue
Assignment: Write a paragraph
 evaluating whether public         important / trivial
 schools should require
 uniforms.
The following words can help
 you to write a good evaluation
 paragraph:
         Narrative Writing Practice
A narrative paragraph is like a very short story that
  describes an event or experience in a way that draws
  the readers in and keeps them wondering about the
  next turn of events.
How to Write the Narrative Paragraph:
• Have a topic sentence that arouses the reader’s
  interest. You can describe a scene or introduce
  characters.
• Build your paragraph around one main incident. Here
  is where your action takes place.
• Write the events in the order that they occurred.
• Your ending should satisfy your reader’s
  expectations. Bring your paragraph to a close.
               Narrative Paragraph
The following words can help you to write a good narrative
 paragraph:

                   next                then

                  while                after

               after awhile            first

               a little later    at the same time

           during the morning     later that night
             Narrative Paragraph
Assignment: Describe an experience in school that
 was significant enough to affect who you are today.
                         OR
Assignment: Describe an experience in school that you
 cannot forget.
                       Practice
Directions: Identify the type of paragraph.
You are asked to describe the process of baking a cake.
                  Sequence Paragraph
                      Practice
Directions: Identify the type of paragraph.
You are asked to explain why women fought for the right
 to vote.
                Explanation Paragraph
                       Practice
Directions: Identify the type of paragraph.
You are asked to explain what a camellia is.
                 Definition Paragraph
                       Practice
Directions: Identify the type of paragraph.
You are asked to describe the court process.
                Description Paragraph
                       Practice
Directions: Identify the type of paragraph.
You are asked to write a paragraph to discuss types of
 energy resources.
               Classification Paragraph
                       Practice
Directions: Identify the type of paragraph.
You are asked to write about the similarities and
 differences between baseball and football.
          Compare and Contrast Paragraph
                      Practice
Directions: Identify the type of paragraph.
You are asked to consider whether the current educational
 system is effective.
                  Evaluation Paragraph

				
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