SHSAT Scrambled Paragraphs No. 2 ( Paragraph Structure)
Flashcard maker : Lily Taylor
What is a paragraph?
a group of closely related sentences that make one main idea clear
What are the parts of a paragraph?
main idea, topic sentence, supporting sentences, clincher sentence.
To be a paragraph, a group of sentences must meet three requirements…
(1) it must be about only one topic, (2) it must state only one main idea, (3) all of it sentences must be directly related to that main idea
the most important or central thought of a paragraph
states the main idea of the paragraph
other sentences in the paragraph that give specific information that supports the main idea and the topic sentence
Where is the topic sentence usually located in a paragraph?
the first sentence
a concluding sentence that restates the main idea in different words, summarize the details given, or suggest a specific action.
every sentence in a paragraph should directly support the main idea in the topic sentence
the ideas in a paragraph should be arranged in a clear order and smoothly connected
Time order- the natural way of telling a story is to mention each event in the order in which it happened.- the order of time. Chronological order is also used to explain how to carry out a process.
Location order- makes clear where the parts of a scene are (to picture where each object is)
Comparison and Contrast Order
ideas may be arranged in an order that shows comparison (show how two or more people, places, or things are alike) or contrast (shows how two or more people, places, or things are different)
words and phrases that remind the reader of something mentioned earlier in the paragraph. They maybe pronouns, key words and phrases, or rewordings
show how ideas are related to one another
Transitional Expressions to show Chronological Order
after, afterward, before, eventually, finally, first (second, etc.), later, meanwhile, next, now, presently, soon
Transitional Expressions to show Spatial Order
above, across, ahead, around, behind, below, beyond, here, in front of, inside, in the distance, near, next to, outside, to the right (left)
Transitional Expressions to link similar Ideas/add additional information
again, also, and, another, besides, for example, for instance, furthermore, in addition, moreover, similarly, too
Transitional Expressions to indicate Cause, Purpose, or Result
as, as a result, because, consequently, for, for this reason, hence, since, so, then, therefore, thus
What are the four types of paragraphs?
Narrative, Description, Expository, Persuasive
What is the purpose to of a Narrative paragraph?
to tell a brief story
What is the purpose of a Descriptive paragraph?
to describe using concrete details (things you can touch or see) and sensory details (appealing to the senses-sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell)
What is the purpose of an Expository paragraph?
to explain or give information using facts and statistics, with examples, with the details of a process, or with a combination of these methods
What is the purpose of a persuasive paragraph?
to persuade; the topic sentence states the writers opinion and the supporting sentences give reasons, statements that explain the opinion. Each reason is supported by evidence, such as facts, statistics, or examples
What are the two steps to understanding a paragraph?
(1) finding the subject (2) finding the main idea
Where can the Subject be found?
the title or heading, the first sentence, or any key or repeated words or name
How can you find the Main Idea?
figure out what the writer is saying about the subject; the most important thing the writer wants you to know
In addition to being found in the first sentence, can a Main Idea be found in the last sentence also?
yes, writers sometimes prefer to write by showing several examples or details and then giving the main idea in the last sentence
What is an “implied” main idea?
Instead of being placing the main idea in the first or last sentence, authors sometimes don’t directly state the main in one sentence; they imply it. The main idea comes from parts of many sentences
the writer begins with the cause and moves to the effects or begins with effects and the explains the cause
Order of Importance
the writer begins with the most important idea and moves to the least important idea. Or, the writer can begin with examples and details and build up to a larger idea
the writer tries to group things to show broad similarities. Writers often need to name categories to make it clear how one group is alike or different from another
Transitional Expressions used to clarify
for instance, in other words
Transitional Expressions to conclude or summarize
finally, lastly, as a result, therefore, to sum up, all in all, in conclusion, because
Transitional Expressions to emphasize a point
again, truly, to repeat, in fact, especially, to emphasize, for this reason
Transitional Expressions to compare two things
likewise, like, as, also, while, similarly, in the same way
Transitional Expressions to contrast things (show differences)
but, however, still, yet, although, otherwise, on the other hand, even though