A paragraph discusses one idea in detail and aids the development of an overall topic for the essay. Paragraph length will vary depending on the purpose of the paragraph.
Parts of a Paragraph
The basic paragraph consists of three parts:
1. A Topic sentence,
2. Supporting details,
3. A Concluding sentence
The main idea of each paragraph is stated in a topic sentence. Generally, the topic sentence is the first sentence of a paragraph. All subsequent points made in the paragraphs should support the topic sentence.
Supporting details elaborate upon and prove the topic sentence. Supporting details should be drawn from a variety of sources. The following are common sources of supporting details:
* Expert Opinion
* Brief Stories
* Facts and Statistics
* Research Studies
* Personal Experiences
Each paragraph should end with a concluding sentence that ties together the ideas brought up in the paragraph and emphasizes the main idea one last time.
A model paragraph is given below:
An Unconventional Pianist
Glenn Gould is widely regarded as Canada’s most famous and eccentric pianist. He is renowned for his recordings of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. For example, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Gould’s first recording, was among the best-selling classical music albums of its time. Gould is also famous for his unusual behaviour. He would only play concerts while sitting on an old chair his father had made, and he usually hummed while he played. Contrary to most pianists, he disliked playing in concert halls, and devoted most of his career to the recording studio until his death in 1982. In brief, Glenn Gould was an unconventional pianist who made a significant impact on the world of music.
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1. Write a paragraph of 100 – 120 words about a memorable anecdote/incident of your life.
"A memorable incident in my life"
It was my most exciting day in my life. When I remember that moment it makes me laugh easily. It was an incident when I was in class 8. It was November when our school had provided us with teacher trainees for various subjects and we all were playing rather than studying. The third period began and a teacher entered our class. We all decided to play a game called 'Pen fighting game'. It was my turn to make a shot. When I was to make a shot, the trainee teacher came from behind. She asked me, 'Where do you live?' At that moment knocking the other pen down I told the teacher, 'I live in my house'. My voice was so loud and there was laughter in the class. When the game was over, I realized that I misbehaved in the class. Then I decided to apologize. I went to her room and asked for her pardon. She smiled at me gently. That gave me a great relief in my heart. Now I am very attentive in my class.
2. Write a paragraph of 100 – 120 words about your favourite personality.
"My favourite personality"
Every one has his or her own favourite personality and so I do. My favourite personality is William Henry Bill Gates III. He is popularly called Bill Gates. He was born on October 28, 1955. He was a local resident of Seattle, Washington, United States. In his early ages, he began to show interest in computer programming. Gates excelled in Mathematics and Science. Because of his excellence, he enrolled in Lakeside, preparatory school. Most of his professions involved the computer software. He held the position of Technology advisor of Microsoft Corporation. He is the co-chair person of Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, an organisation which named after him and his sister. He is the CEO of Cascade Investment. He holds the highest position as the Chairman of Corbis. He and his partner, Paul Allen built the world's largest software business. Due to his excellent software invention, Gates has received many big awards and achievements. He was the most powerful person in the world in 2012. He and his wife were awarded.