A successful paragraph is like a mini essay. Instead
of a thesis, it has a topic sentence. Instead of mapping components, the
paragraph has supporting details.
An A paragraph contains the following: Structurally, it contains a topic sentence, either explicit or implicit; it has supporting concrete details; its supporting details logically follow the other, which give the paragraph coherence; it contains transitions (avoid, if you can, elementary transitions such as first, second, third, and so on), which give the paragraph cohesiveness. Rhetorically speaking, an A paragraph should be written in a passionate, distinctive voice. The language should be precise, lively, and colorful, reflecting the writer’s passion for the subject.
A successful paragraph has the following:
1. topic sentence (mini thesis)
2. supporting details
3. unity: all the supporting details are relevant to the topic sentence
4. cohesiveness: all the supporting details logically follow the other with the help of transitions. Advanced writers attempt to use transitions other than the familiar “first . . . second . . . third . . . Finally”
5. concluding sentence (optional)
Sample Quiz Question Requiring a Paragraph Response
In “Uncivil Disobedience: Violating the Rules for Breaking the Law,” what is the essay’s main point about civil disobedience?
Paragraph Response (Topic sentence, transitions, and concluding sentence are underlined for your benefit. You are NOT SUPPOSED to use underlining in your paragraph responses)
The essay’s authors Lopach and Luckowsi are deeply disturbed by a growing trend in our modern culture, and academia specifically: The act of civil disobedience, once a noble, virtuous instrument of civic life, has become corrupted in various ways. Tossing respect out the window, these new rebels are an intolerant lot who flaunt their belligerent attitude with grotesque tattoos that advertise their snarly, hate-filled attitude towards all those who disagree with their fanatical beliefs. Their lack of respect, sadly enough, results in part from these young rebels never receiving any education in school about the social contract and the history of true civil disobedience. In this new, degraded, corrupt form, civil disobedience is not a measured, calculated attempt at social change at all. Instead, it is reckless anarchy wrought with violence and a disrespect for the social order. Rather than being focused on moral method for social change, a lot of these “rebels” are merely posers, flaunting their disrespect, not to improve society, but to get the attention they crave. No doubt the worst trait of this new corrupt civil disobedience is violence. Bombings, sabotage, eco-terrorism and other hideous acts are done to prove to their members that they are true believers who will stop at nothing to show their loyalty to the fanatical group they have joined. In their zeal to show their “street creds” and bully those who disagree with them, these malignant rebels have twisted and perverted civil disobedience beyond the point of recognition and as such have made themselves a pestilence to society.
Quiz for 2:00 1C Class
What conditions at the mall inhibit the growth of community?
Quiz for 4:15 1C Class
1. What reasons do teens and the elderly seek out the mall to build their communities?