Writing better paragraphs

Some students experience difficulties in constructing well-structured paragraphs. This form assumes that paragraphs should start with a statement of their theme, develop the theme, then provide evidence and examples before linking to the next paragraph. This form ignores any evaluative element which teachers may need to add if that skill is required by the title. Teachers may want to adapt the form to suit their own subject and ideas about paragraphing.

The activity should end with students writing their paragraph in full. Although best completed individually it would be useful for students to compare and evaluate each other’s paragraphs. 

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Writing better paragraphs: Teachers' notes
Rationale Some students experience difficulties in constructing well-structured
paragraphs. This form assumes that paragraphs should start with a statement
of their theme, develop the theme, then provide evidence and examples before
linking to the next paragraph. This form ignores any evaluative element which
teachers may need to add if that skill is required by the title. Teachers may
want to adapt the form to suit their own subject and ideas about paragraphing.
How to use The activity should end with students writing their paragraph in full. Although
best completed individually it would be useful for students to compare and
evaluate each other's paragraphs.
Example
Title or question
To what extent would you agree that London is the world's greatest city?
Decide on the theme of the paragraph you are going to write and its link to the question.
Theme of paragraph
In this paragraph I will be quoting evidence which suggests that London could be regarded as one
of the world's greatest cities (if not the greatest). It is part of the argument in favour of the
statement in the question.
The first sentence of a paragraph usually states its overall theme
First sentence
It can be argued that London is one of the world's great cities.
Then it goes on to develop the main point by including one or two further sentences of explanation.
The paragraph will then need some evidence
What evidence will you put in this paragraph?
Evidence
e.g. case studies, examples, figures
I will mention its popularity with tourists, its economic strength, its historical importance, and some
of its key features.
The last sentence of the paragraph can link it to the next
Last sentence
Despite its historical significance, importance to the global economy and worldwide fame, other
cities can also make a claim to be the world's greatest.

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Writing better paragraphs
Name ...............................................................................................................................................
Title or question
Decide on the theme of the paragraph you are going to write and its link to the question.
Theme of paragraph and link to question
The first sentence of a paragraph usually states its overall theme
First sentence
Then it goes on to develop the main point by including one or two further sentences of explanation.
The paragraph will then need some evidence. What evidence will you put in this paragraph?
Evidence
e.g.…read more

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