Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lecture 2: Review of Readings and Paragraphs




In today's lecture we'll go over the reading and review paragraph structure.




HOMEWORK:

 





Additional Notes:
Topic Sentence:
Indicates the main point/topic or thesis of your paragraph
It usually appears at the beginning
Summarises the main idea
Indicates to the reader what the paragraph will be about

Example Paragraph:

There are three reasons why Canada is one of the best countries in the world. First, Canada has an excellent health care system.  All Canadians have access to medical services at a reasonable price. Second, Canada has a high standard of education.  Students are taught by well-trained teachers and are encouraged to continue studying at university.  Finally, Canada's cities are clean and efficiently managed.  Canadian cities have many parks and lots of space for people to live. As a result, Canada is a desirable place to live.

Supporting/Body Sentences:

Use examples and illustrations
Cite data (facts, statistics, evidence, details, and others)
Examine testimony (what other people say such as quotes and paraphrases)
Use an anecdote or story
Define terms in the paragraph
Compare and contrast
Evaluate causes and reasons
Examine effects and consequences
Analyze the topic
Describe the topic
Offer a chronology of an event (time segments)

Example Paragraph:

There are three reasons why Canada is one of the best countries in the world. First, Canada has an excellent health care system.  All Canadians have access to medical services at a reasonable price.  Second, Canada has a high standard of education.  Students are taught by well-trained teachers and are encouraged to continue studying at university.  Finally, Canada's cities are clean and efficiently managed.  Canadian cities have many parks and lots of space for people to live. As a result, Canada is a desirable place to live.


Closing Sentence:

It is usually the last sentence in a paragraph

It restates the main idea of your paragraph

Example Paragraph:

There are three reasons why Canada is one of the best countries in the world. First, Canada has an excellent health care system.  All Canadians have access to medical services at a reasonable price.  Second, Canada has a high standard of education.  Students are taught by well-trained teachers and are encouraged to continue studying at university.  Finally, Canada's cities are clean and efficiently managed.  Canadian cities have many parks and lots of space for people to live.  As a result, Canada is a desirable place to live.
Some other useful resources in preparation for your paragraph test:

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