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
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:
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.
Topic Sentence Blue ; Supporting Detail #1Gray; Supporting Detail #2 Green; Concluding Sentence Violote;
1. Write a paragraph of 100 – 120 words about a memorable
anecdote/incident of your life.
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
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.