Paragraphs (Part I) – What is a Paragraph

Today we’re going to learn about paragraphs. This is part 1 what is a paragraph you can watch the video and use the worksheet to take notes in practice while you listen this video is one of four videos that tell all about paragraphs this video is part 1 what is a paragraph after this video you can watch part 2 about the topic sentence part 3 about detailed sentences and part 4 about the conclusion sentence of a paragraph video part 1 what is a paragraph.

So what is a paragraph. A paragraph is a group of sentences about one idea let’s look at an example here’s a paragraph I’ll read it Anna is an excellent student she is intelligent she is responsible and always does her homework and she is never late for class as a result of her hard work and as one of the best students in school so remember we said a paragraph is a group of sentences about one idea so which sentence tells us the one idea that this paragraph is about. Anna is an excellent student that sentence tells us what the rest of the paragraph is about. So how many sentences are in a paragraph a paragraph has about five sentences sometimes you contact your and sometimes you can have more but usually five sentences is a good number of sentences for a paragraph you can see that our example has exactly five sentences and remember the first sentence of a paragraph is indented that means there’s a space before the first sentence paragraph parts.

So how many parts does a paragraph have. A paragraph has three parts the first part is a topic sentence this tells the main idea or what the paragraph is about the topic sentence and our paragraph about Anna is Anna is an excellent student that sentence tells us what the rest of the paragraph is about the next part of a paragraph is the detail sentences these explain and support the main idea.

Our example about Anna has three detailed sentences they explain and support why Anna is an excellent student here are the three detailed sentences of our example paragraph she is intelligent she is responsible Anna always does her homework and she is never late for class do you see how these three detail sentences explain the topic sentence because they tell us why Anna is an excellent student the last part of a paragraph is the conclusion sentence this sentence reminds us of the main idea the conclusion sentence and our example paragraph about Anna is as a result of her hard work Anna is one of the best students in school this sentence reminds us of the topic sentence that Anna is an excellent student the meanings of these two sentences are similar but we need to use different words in the conclusion sentence than we use in the topic sentence do you see how they’re similar topic sentence Anna is an excellent student and the conclusion sentence that reminds us of the topic as a result of her hard work Anna is one of the best students in school our paragraph practice for today is complete.

I hope this video helped you understand what a paragraph is and how to identify each part of a paragraph thank you for watching.

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