Paragraph: Using Examples


Write an examples paragraph about one quality of a person you know well. The person might be a member of your family, a friend, a roommate, a boss or supervisor, a neighbor, an instructor, or someone else.

Your topic sentence will be something like: My brother John is one of the most generous people I know.

The paragraph must be word-processed, between 150 and 200 words long, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.

For this assignment, you will want to consider the following:

______ Focus: Is there a clear opening statement of the point (topic sentence) of your paragraph? Is everything in your paragraph focused to support this point? Is there anything that “strays from the focus” and doesn’t belong?

______ Support: Do all of the sentences after the topic sentence support the topic sentence? Are all of the details specific (not general)? Is there enough evidence given to support the point?

______ Coherence: Are all the sentences in the right order? Does the paragraph “flow” from beginning to end? Are there transitions and other connective devices to help create flow?

______ Sentence Structure / Mechanics: Is the paragraph free of sentence errors (particularly fragments and run-ons)? Are all sentences punctuated effectively (commas, periods, especially)? Are all words spelled correctly? Is the paper formatted as requested?

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