This page updated:  8/31/2021

Paragraph Parts

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Welcome Paragraph Parts




To create great paragraphs, you need to know how they are made up.  In this unit, we will learn how to do this.

We will explore:  Topic sentences, supporting details, transitions, conclusion sentences, and the hamburger paragraph. 

The Details:


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

What is amazing is the parts for ALL writing types are similar in what they do. 


For example,

a main idea,  

a complete thought,

a topic sentence

thesis statement

and an intro paragraph all do similar things:  they introduce to the reader an idea that will be discussed in the writing. 

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1. Discuss this idea with a parent.  How does the chart above fit with this idea?

A main idea, (infant) grows into a complete thought (toddler)

Then, it grows into a topic sentence, (a kid), then into a thesis statement, (teenager)

and finally, to an intro paragraph (adult).


2.  As you go from a simple sentence to an essay, you can see there are parts that play a role in introducing an idea.  As you go from bottom to top, the idea "grows up" - it becomes more complex - because it is more developed.



Whether you are constructing a sentence, paragraph, or entire essay, there are parts that play special roles in the construction. As we begin our second writing, we will uncover how paragraph parts work together to make your writing even better.