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How to Write a Paragraph

How to Write a Paragraph

Author: John Locke

To demonstrate the stages of writing a paragraph for a reader-reaction essay.

This infographic and series of video explanations walks through the steps of composing and revising a body paragraph in an illustration essay. The paragraph being used for this example is a modification of an excerpt from Tim Cahill's essay, "Pombe Wisdom." The citation for Cahill's work follows the first segment.

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This tutorial will help you develop a successful paragraph as part of a reader-reaction essay. The first image is the layout of the steps. Look over the steps first. Then, proceed to the presentation which explains each step. The text used for examples is a modification of an excerpt from the book Jaguars Ripped My Flesh by Time Cahill.

Source: Cahill, Tim. "Pombe Wisdom." Jaguars Ripped My Flesh. New York: Vintage Books, 1987. Print.

Pictorial Overview

Steps One and Two: Topic Sentence and Brainstorming

Watch all of the videos . There will be a quiz at the end.

Step 3: Drafting

Editing Process

The three paragraphs used in the video below are here in a printable form for anyone who wants to take a closer look at them.


Revision Explanation