& Ways to Write
By Shefa Idrees
– Paragraphs are “chunks” of information about
one single aspect of a topic.
– Paragraphs may be developed [created] in the
–Describes one primary topic and
narrates or tells its story
– Topic usually involves one main
topic, event, adventure, scene or
Tips for Writing Narrative
1-Start with a topic sentence that must grab reader's
2-Write events in order in which they occur.
3-Use plenty of interesting details yet stay on your central
4-Use transition words to move from event to event.
5-End your detailed description with a good concluding
This past weekend I had the time of my life. First, Friday night, I
had my best friend over and we made a delicious, mouth-
watering pizza. After we ate, we had a friendly video game
competition. On Saturday, my dad took us out on the boat. The
weather was perfect, and the water was warm. It was a great day to go
for a swim. Later that night, we went to the movies. We saw
an action-packed thriller and ate a lot of popcorn. Finally, on
Sunday, we rode our bikes all over town. By the end of the day, my
legs were very tired. I only hope that next weekend will be
as fun as this one.
--When writing this type of paragraph,
you describe something with words
that allows your reader to almost
“see” what you’re describing.
--The words chosen in the description often
appeal to the five senses of touch, smell,
sight, sound, and taste.
Tips for Writing Descriptive
1-Use strong verbs and colorful adjectives in a
Verb (action word)
noun) examples :
“The petite, young girl
“A strong, putrid
odor flowed through
the musty air outside
dumpster.”The descriptive words in each sentence help the
reader see (and smell!) what is being described.
When writing this type of paragraph,
you provide information. You write it
in a logical sequence so your reader
can follow the ideas. The topic
sentence in an expository paragraph
states the main idea, or what you’ll
Each supporting detail may be followed by one or
two sentences that add details or give more
explanation. Their must be a logical sequence as
you move from one supporting sentence & detail
to another. Your paragraph should end with an
appropriate concluding sentence.
Going to college can be expensive. First, college tuition and room and
board can cost anywhere from $2,000 to more than $10,000 per
semester. Other expenses can add up, as well. For example, books
typically cost between $300 and $500 each term. Second, materials
are also very expensive. Paper, notebooks, writing utensils, and other
required supplies often cost more at the college bookstore than at a
discount store. For instance, a package of notepaper costing $2 at a
discount store might cost $5 at the college bookstore. Finally, there are
all kinds of special fees added onto the bill at registration time. A
college student might have to pay a $50 insurance fee, a $20 activity
fee, a $15 fee to the student government association and anywhere
from $100 to $1,000 for parking. There is another fee if a student
decides to add or drop a course after registration ends. The costs
required to attend college never seem to end.
When your reader reads
this sentence, he or she
will know your
paragraph is going to
cover the costs of
in Logical Way
This type of paragraph tries to
change the reader's mind about
something or to convince the
reader to agree with the writer's
point of view.
Things to know about persuasive
1.The first sentence should lay out
the writer’s point of view on the
topic at hand.
2. Supporting sentences should back
up the opinion with logic.
3. All claims should be able to be
supported with evidence.
Example Paragraph 1
Spring is the best season. First, spring is colorful. Flowers
of all kinds begin to bloom, and even some trees have
colorful buds. Next, with spring comes warmer weather.
While some days are still chilly, the wind has lost its
winter bite, allowing people to get outside more often.
Finally, spring has pleasant noises of all kinds. In some
places, one can hear the peeping of frogs and the song of
the whippoorwill at night. To one’s eyes, skin, and ears,
the best season of the year is spring!
convinces the reader
that spring is the
Example Paragraph 2
Immigration contributes to the overall health of the American economy.
Despite recent concerns related to the costs created by illegal and some legal
immigration to the United States, this country has largely benefited from the
skills, talents, and ambition that immigrants bring with them. American
businesses gain from a good source of affordable labor, while town and
cities are revitalized by immigrant families who strengthen communities
through civic participation the generation of new economic activity. The
United States must continue to welcome new arrivals and help those
who already here; otherwise, the country will lose the advantages it has
over other industrialized countries who compete against it in the global
marketplace and seek to recruit from a vast pool of unskilled and skilled
convinces the reader
that immigration to
the US is contributing
towards its health alot.