Constructing the ideal paragraph can be difficult. That’s why teachers start discussing the mechanics of it in elementary and continue right on through to grade 12. Solving the mystery behind paragraphs is a vital step in writing books.
A paragraph contains one subject only. This one subject is introduced in the first sentence, supported in the body and concluded in the final sentence.
- The introduction sentence introduces the topic in a general manner.
- The supporting sentences are where the meat of information is located. It contains specific facts.
- The conclusion sentence wraps up the idea and summarizes the topic of the paragraph in a few words.
An Exercise for Creating a Nonfiction Paragraph
First Sentence: Introduce subject by answering: What is a chicken?
Points to Cover in the body of the paragraph:
- Chickens are domesticated birds that lay eggs.
- Female chickens are hens.
- Male chickens are roosters.
- Hens lay eggs.
- What do they look like?
Last Sentence: Conclusion: And that’s what a chicken is.