review practice:

Paragraph Order

Work with a partner. What kind of order does each of the paragraphs in the Paragraph Unity practice on pages 110-112 have? Choose from listing order, time order, and space order.

Paragraph I, "Christmas Morning": Paragraph 2, "A Dental Disneyland": Paragraph 3, "Nurses": _

Detailed Outlining

Until now, you have been making basic outlines using only capital letters next to the main supporting ideas. In this unit, you will begin to make more detailed outlines.

In an outline, you often have details that are not as important as a main supporting idea. These less-important details are set apart from the main points by giving them a number, not a capital letter. A more detailed outline might look like this:


Detailed Paragraph Outline

Topic Sentence:

A. Main Point

1. Detail

2. Detail

B. Main Point

1. Detail

2. Detail

3. Detail

4. Detail

C. Main Point

1. Detail

2. Detail

3. Detail

Detailed Outline

Concluding Sentence:

Of course, your outlines will probably not look exactly like this. There may be more or fewer main points and details.


Work with a partner.


Make an outline of the model paragraph on page 103 by completing the form below. (For additional practice, make outiines for the other paragraphs in this unit.)


Topic Sentence: _

A. Goldfish are quiet.

3. Water is practically free.

Concluding Sentence:

EEFJ The Best Pet

Write the first draft by yourself. Then edit it with your partner.

Write a paragraph called "The Best Pet" from the outline you wrote in the activity on pages 100-102. Use the model paragraph on page 103 as a guide.

step i:

Brainstorm to Get Details

Look at your outline on page 102. Brainstorm some details for each of your three main points.

step 2:

Revise Your Outline

Then revise your outline. Add the details under each main point, and add a concluding sentence. Your outline should be similar to the model on page 117.

step 3: Write the first draft. Be sure to use some listing-order transition signals in

Write the First your paragraph.

Draft step 4: Edit your paragraph with a partner as you have done in previous units. Use

Edit the First Draft the Paragraph Checklist.

step s: Write a neat final draft to hand in to your teacher.

Write the Final

Draft paragraph checklist form yf ^ Check the paragraph form. (Does the paragraph look like the model on page 4?)


Does the paragraph begin with a topic sentence?

[J Does the paragraph have a concluding sentence?

Are the supporting sentences arranged in listing order? Are the main points introduced by listing-order transition signals?

Is each main point supported by at least one specific detail?

~ " Does the paragraph have unity? (no irrelevant sentences)

grammar and mechanics

Q _ Check for capital letters. Q Q Check the spelling.

Check the commas.

Is there a period at the end of all the sentences?

sentence structure

Check the sentences. Do they have at least one subject and one verb, and do they express a complete thought?

Does the paragraph contain both simple and compound sentences?

Check for comma splices.


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