METHODS OF DEVELOPING PARAGRAPHS
Description: A paragraph developed by detail, the topic sentence is supported by factual material, either sense impressions or conceptual facts. Almost all writing has some detail in it. The descriptive mode takes the whole (relationship, place, process, etc.), breaks or divides it into parts or events, and treats each separately. The basic objective of descriptive writing is the depiction of the appearance of people, places, and things. The writer helps recreate for the reader sense impressions (sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste) that have been experienced or observed by the writer. Keep in mind that the purpose of the writing and the audience must be determined: to focus on the writer’s experiences is the expressive aim, to inform or explain information is the expository aim, and to persuade or argue the reader to one side of an issue is the persuasive aim. Narrative: The basic objective of narrative writing is the recreation of a sequence of events. The elements of a good narrative are characters, a natural time sequence, plot, dialogue, and a point worth considering.
Evaluation: The basis of an evaluative paragraph or essay is to put a value on something (literature, drama, objects, food, wine, movies, etc.) To begin an evaluation the writer must first set the criteria on which the object is being judged.
Classification: The classification paragraph is usually expository and is a process of grouping terms or ideas that are related in some specific way.
Cause/Effect or Effect/CauseUsually an analysis mode (or descriptive mode) this process of organizing a paragraph breaks the topic into its parts to establish a causeeffect relationship among the parts. It carefully scrutinizes the relationship between cause and effect. This method may also be in the narrative mode of chronological order as one sequence follows another. Analysis or Process Analysis This method of developing a paragraph is the process of separating an...
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