A paragraph usually contains a general idea in one sentence, and 4 - 5 supporting sentences which expand this idea by giving explanation, details and/or examples to support the main idea. Length can vary.
On the page, the paragraph is a solid block of writing (like this!) To start a new paragraph, you should leave a whole line and start at the beginning of the line after. You can indent - if handwriting (start about 2 cm from the left), but this is not necessary if you have left a line.
Paragraphs are used to separate main ideas. A new paragraph signals to the reader that a new idea is about to be discussed. The break between paragraphs gives the reader time to take in each idea
There is no one correct structure. However, a useful structure is:
Another way of explaining the 3 parts of a paragraph is to describe these parts like this:
Choose which of the following sentences is the topic sentence for a planned paragraph about Australian Government.
A:The Commonwealth Government looks after areas of national importance.
B; There are three levels of government in Australia.
C: Local concerns, such as suburban streets and garbage services are looked after by Local Government.
D: The State Government's responsibilities include hospitals, schools and state police forces.
Planning is essential. Even in situations where time is limited, you should plan by briefly noting your points.
A plan can look like this:
When you are planning, Jot down Just enough to remind you of your points.
Number your points so that when you write you know what order you are going to write them in.
For an assessment task, you will probably need to
Sometimes writing sounds jerky when read. You can make your paragraph more flowing by:
Warning! Of course, the focus of the sentence may change if you start a different wall - be sure it is what you want!
The paragraph is basic to most writing styles. It is worth spending some time getting it right.