There is a lot that goes into writing a paragraph: it starts with structure, and then it changes to style, transitions, and content. We will review the basic principles of paragraphing.

Do not roll your eyes. The art of writing a paragraph or, as it is said, paragraphing is not as simple as it seems. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end, so it’s easy to understand. We’ll get down to the nitty gritty and talk about paragraph sentences, transitions, and types, and I have lots of them! Oh my!

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A paragraph is a section of text that relates to one theme. The paragraph is usually designated by an indent or a line break. The length of paragraphs varies, but they are always part of a larger picture. There are a few different types of paragraphs that you can write, so let’s get into them. It is important that you know that whatever type of paragraph you are writing, the action that you are doing is called paragraphing.

That next paragraph, which starts with “a paragraph” and ends with “…called paragraphing,” is a whole paragraph. Congratulations! You have just learned your first lesson on paragraph writing!

How do I write a paragraph?

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That is what I am saying. Pinterest is the source for this information.

First, let’s jump into the paragraph structure. Basic paragraphs usually contain five sentences: one topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and one concluding sentence. A topic sentence usually starts to summarize the main idea of the paragraph. The other supporting sentences dissect and support the main idea. Usually the supporting sentences include statistics or hard evidence. Finally, the concluding sentence answers the question, “so what?”

How Long is a Paragraph?

And you are not completely off the hook yet. I just reviewed the structure of a basic paragraph, and it includes three types of sentences. Many paragraphs will not have five sentences, and many paragraphs will use a myriad of different sentence types.

Okay, you might be wondering, then how many sentences are in a paragraph? Well, that depends. Normally, a paragraph is only one sentence long, but it can be over seven sentences long. Some people argue that the length of your paragraph should be measured by its ideas, and not by the number of sentences it contains. However, a good general rule of thumb is to keep your paragraphs between 3 to 5 sentences long. It is important that you be short but still thorough in what you write.

There are no hard and fast rules about how long a paragraph should be, and that is ultimately up to you, the writer. How many sentences you have to put in each paragraph depends on how well you are able to convey information, and the number of sentences you put in each paragraph varies. Do not sweat it!

What are the types of paragraphs?

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What kind of paragraphs are there? They are very similar to the types of sentences that we just discussed. There is the introduction paragraph, in which you have briefly explained the main idea and outlined what the essay is about. Then there are the body paragraphs. These are like supporting sentences. They summarize the main idea and outline the bulk of the essay. Then there is the concluding paragraph, which offers an answer to the problem that the essay is about.

How do I write an introduction paragraph?

Whatever the reason is, introduction paragraphs often cause people to have a lot of unnecessary trouble. Sometimes a blank page can be very intimidating. That’s why let’s break it down step-by-step.

  1. Start by creating a hook. What is a hook? It is a hook that hooks in with the main topic of the text. Is it possible to tell a good hook that will capture your readers’ attention and not allow them to look away?

Example: Dogs should be allowed to eat homework.

2.   Write 2-3 sentences that will help your reader to understand the main concept that you are trying to convey in your writing.

Example: The way we monitor our canines’ consumption of paper goods is restrictive to both the pets and their owners. Homework is not something that people enjoy. That is why it is okay for your dog to chew at home.

3.   Then finish by writing your thesis statement. It is the main idea of the entire essay, so it should be very specific. Be clear on the topic, and support it with three ideas that will become the most important arguments in your essay.

Example: The world would be a better place if we encouraged dogs to eat homework because kids would be happier, teachers wouldn’t have to grade papers, and the dogs would be getting treats.

How do I write a body paragraph?

The body paragraphs are the most important paragraphs in your essay. They should also be sentence-wise. For a body paragraph, try to keep a topic sentence, 2-3 supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence. It is helpful to have three supporting points in your thesis. Each supporting point should have three body paragraphs.

How do I write a concluding paragraph?

The conclusion paragraphs must be written in exactly the opposite order to the introduction paragraphs. Using a paraphrasing tool will help you to reword your initial ideas to fit a conclusion.

  1. Rewrite the hook in order to make it a topic sentence. By doing that, you will reintroduce the reader back to the beginning of the text, and you will help the reader understand how everything in the essay links together.

Example: We should not ban dogs from eating our homework.

2.   Is it possible to summarize all the points that you have made in your essay? What you say in that statement should likely resemble the three points that you made in your thesis statement.

Example: The rate of childhood happiness increases when the amount of homework given to kids decreases. Teachers are less stressed when they do not have to bring their work home. All of our four-legged friends will surely appreciate the papery snacks that we provide them.

3.   Finish the presentation with a strong closing sentence. Appeal to emotions, use strong language, and make a mark.

Example: We could achieve world peace if we let our dogs eat our homework.

These are paragraph transitions.

Because it always makes sense to start a paragraph by using transition words. In which paragraph you are writing, the transition words will vary. On the other hand, an introduction paragraph always comes first in a paper. Therefore, it is not necessary to have a beginning transition sentence. However, each paragraph that follows must start with one. In most cases, when there is a transition word at the beginning of a paragraph, it is used to indicate the introduction of a new idea.

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Here are some transition words and phrases that you can use to start a paragraph.

  • First, second, third, and so on.
  • Additionally
  • Consequently
  • Furthermore
  • So for example,
  • As well as that.

When the intersection words between paragraphs are tacked onto the end of each paragraph. In that case, the beginning of the paragraph would have a transition word, and the ending of the paragraph would not have a transition word. A transition word between two paragraphs is often used to wrap up an idea.

In the paragraphs that follow, there are some transition words and phrases that can be used between paragraphs.

  • Again
  • Besides
  • Very important.
  • And then there was this:
  • Because
  • Since

One final thing about paragraphing.

Writing a paragraph is a very delicate art, as we all know. Because it takes some time and patience, you can become the pro you’ve always thought you were. Never forget to start with a hook, make your transitions count, and leave the reader contemplating life with a powerful conclusion. Happy paraphrasing!