sexta-feira, 4 de novembro de 2011
Writing a paragraph is like making a sandwich!
Writing a paragraph is like making a sandwich. Can a cheeseburger be called a "cheeseburger" if it has no cheese? I guess not! Likewise, a paragraph cannot be considered a paragraph if it doesn`t have some basic necessary "ingredients".
A typical paragraph has 3 essential parts:
Let`s look at each part separately!
The introduction usually appears in the beginning of the paragraph and it is where the topic sentence can be found. But what is the topic sentence? It is the sentence that contains the main idea of the paragraph. A good topic sentence tells the reader what the whole paragraph is going to be about.
The body follows the introduction and it discusses the topic sentence. Here , the writer should add facts, arguments, analysis, examples, and other relevant information. A well-developed body should have, at least, 3 different supporting ideas.
The conclusion is the final section of the paragraph and it summarizes the connections between the information discussed in the body of the paragraph and the paragraph topic sentence.
So dear students, if you write a paragraph and it does not have any of these parts, then it is not a paragraph, it is incomplete just like a cheeseburguer would not be a cheeseburguer if it didn`t have cheese in it!
To make the metaphor clear and easy to remember let`s adopt the following:
The bun (bread) can be considered to be introduction and the conclusion
The meat (burguer)can be considered the topic sentence
The cheese, pickles,onions and condiments can be considered the supporting ideas
Now, let`s make our cheeseburger, I mean, write our sample paragraph!I am going to give you some ingredients:
burguer: Brasília is a great place to live.
cheese: a lot of green areas
pickles: fast access to most places
onions and condiments: varied entertainment options
Remember, you a the chef now and it is up to you which buns you are going to use and how you are going to prepare the sandwich using the given ingredients. Each chef is going to make a different sandwich, but the essence is still going to be the same. We are all going to make a cheeseburger. We are all going to write a perfect paragraph!