The ability to write an effective paragraph is key to achieving a structured assignment. There are many assignment formats but the construction of a paragraph is fairly consistent.
An effective paragraph in simple terms is a group of sentences with a common theme. The main function is to: add information, give explanations and provide evidence.
Start with your assignment plan: this will help to ensure that each individual paragraph has a clear focus and a known position within the overall structure.
Key elements include:-
Topic - The aim of the first sentence is to clearly identify the specific topic or sub-topic being discussed.
Focus - It should also be clear how this information contributes to the overall aim of the essay and its importance or significance.
Discussion supported by evidence - the main body of the paragraph should inform the reader by developing any statements. Don't forget that these should be supported by evidence.
Conclusion - It is really important to either close discussion and/or provide a link to the next paragraph.
Please see our Friendly guide produced by students for students.