In order to become a great writer of essays, you must learn how to write great paragraphs. Writing good paragraphs will help you:
- Present your thoughts clearly
- Keep your reader’s attention
- Expand your essay, if necessary
- Get better grades on your essays
So, what should a good paragraph contain? Think of paragraphs as mini-essays that have two parts – Lead Sentence and Support. The Lead Sentence is like a thesis statement for your paragraph. See: How to Write a Thesis Statement
The lead sentence should accomplish two things: it should summarize the main point of the paragraph. In other words, it should be the most general statement of the paragraph, and everything that follows is should be more specific. It should also show the reader how the paragraph is organized. For example:
In spite of the efforts of local governments, shark attacks still take place.
This lead sentence does the two things a paragraph should do:
- It summarizes the entire point of the paragraph
- It tells the reader what to expect in the paragraph.
How many parts will this paragraph have? Two parts: one about the efforts of local governments, and the other – about shark attacks. You could write a few sentences on the government efforts, and then a few that describe either the statistics or a couple of examples of recent shark attacks.
Questions? Don’t hesitate to post one in comments.