The Writing Process

In this section, you will write a listing-order paragraph about a person. First, answer these questions to see if you have learned the main points of Unit 4.

review questions



• What are the three parts of a paragraph?

• What are the two parts of a topic sentence?

• What does the controlling idea do?

• What is unity in a paragraph?

• What is listing order?

• What are some listing-order transition signals?

• How do you write a concluding sentence?


Sentence Structure

• What are two serious sentence errors?

• What are two ways to correct them?


Grammar and Mechanics

• What kinds of words do adverbs modify?

• What questions do they answer?

An Ideal Person

Write about the qualities of an ideal roommate, boss, husband, wife, friend, teacher, student, politician, bank robber, soldier, prison guard, and so forth. Your paragraph may be serious or humorous. The paragraph about nurses on pages 111-112 is an example of a serious paragraph, and the paragraph about teenagers on page 121 is an example of a humorous paragraph.

First, brainstorm together with a classmate or a group to get ideas. Then work alone to develop an outline and to write the first draft. Finally, edit your paragraph with a classmate.

step i:

Preivrite to Get Ideas

Choose a type of person from the list above (or one of your own choosing). Then brainstorm for ideas by listing or clustering. If you are working alone, you may want to freewrite. Try to find three or four qualities and at least one detail for each quality.

step 2: Then make an outline for your paragraph. Your outline should include a

Outline to topic sentence, three or four main points, some details, and a concluding

Organize the Ideas sentence. It should be similar to the model outline on page 116.

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 5:

Write the Final Draft

Write a neat final draft to hand in to your teacher.

paragraph checklist form

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


H] [j Does the paragraph begin with a topic sentence?

[J Q 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?

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

Does the paragraph have unity? (no irrelevant sentences)

grammar and mechanics

[ Check for capital letters, n [J Check the spelling. [H 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?

Q Q Check for comma splices and run-ons.

1. Write a paragraph about any of the topic sentences from the topic sentence practices on page 107.

2. Write a paragraph about the three kinds of paragraphs you have studied so far.

3. Write a paragraph about what you have learned in Unit 4.




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  • Hamish
    How to find the ideal roommate process paragraph?
    8 years ago

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