Paragraph Support, Unity, & Coherence
What did you guys think of that paragraph?
What was the topic that the writer was writing on?
Was anything missing or lacking about the paragraph?
Supporting your paragraphs
- Without beams to support a bridge, it's going down - and a lot of people are likely to be in trouble
- You must provide reasoning or support for the topic that you are writing on
- Otherwise, your reader may say, "So what?" and may lose interest in reading further
Types of Support
- Provide support through examples - these help to bring your main point to life through illustration
Types of Examples You Can Use
- Short Examples
- Sentence-Length Examples
- Extended Examples
Provide several brief illustrations (usually in a list)
Compulsive shoppers can curb their bad spending habits by replacing the habit of shopping with another hobby, creating & sticking to a budget, and using a list instead of perusing stores.
Sentence Length Examples
When providing more than a list is appropriate for your topic.
Eric was one of the best players on our team, though several of our teammates teased him. He made several touchdowns last season and turned the game over when we were on the verge of losing.
When you want to illustrate in more detail and your example takes up the majority of the paragraph
*See pg. 90 (textbook) for an example or the example used in the “Structure of a Paragraph” PowerPoint
Transitioning Words & Phrases
- Even though
- On the other hand