► American paragraph structure is different than the ones in other cultures:
▼The topic sentence:
- One central idea
- An opinion as an opener
- One thesis statement
- Has to be general
- Should be indented at the beginning
- Could be any length
o Why is this important?
o What are the reasons?
o Are there any examples of this?
- There are two ways of ordering details: taking into account their level of importance, and/or chronologically (order of events)
- The body should contain:
☼Flow- bridges (Sentences with clear connections to preceding and subsequent sentences, and paragraphs whose topic sentence is connected to the closing sentence of the preceding one, and so on)
☼Variety of words
☼Links between words
☼Synonyms in order to avoid repetition
- Reminder of topic
- Must keep the reader thinking
- Must prepare the reader for the next paragraph
► Other things to take into account in order to write well-written paragraphs and academic papers:
- Always ask yourself about what is expected of you
- Use and make yourself fond of your module handbooks
- What are the learning outcomes within this activity?
- Use key direction words
- Make a plan
- Reread and edit
- Proof read
- Avoid going off on tangents
- Always have the title in front of you
- Provide a wide range of arguments
Students: Alvarenga Rodrigo and Mazzei Santiago
Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CelpkwseU5U