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Paragraph Parts

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This page updated: 05/06/2020

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What are they?



To create great paragraphs, you need to know how they are made up.  This is the same for creating great sentences.  In this unit, we will explore:  Topic sentences, supporting details, transitions, conclusion sentences, and the hamburger paragraph.

The Details:


Nearly everyone has played with Legos, right?  Using a simple 2 x 4 interlocking block, you can create any structure you want.  Well, writing great sentences, paragraphs, and eventually essays, is built on the same idea.  There are simple interlocking parts that, when put together, will help you create the writing format you need.

The great thing about these parts is that they are similar in what they do.  For example, at the paragraph level, 

- a main idea,

- a complete thought, and

a topic sentence


do the same thing as

- a thesis statementand

- an intro paragraph 


at the essay level.   They introduce an idea that will be discussed in the writing.


1.  Watch the video below to learn more about how a paragraph is constructed (hamburger paragraph)

2.  Then watch the videos that review the parts of a paragraph: (topic sentences, supporting details, transitionsand conclusion sentences) 

3.  Be ready to answer any questions found in the videos.