A paragraph is composed of a group of sentences expressing one central idea.
A paragraph is complete in itself and also a subdivision or part of something larger such as a composition.
The Topic Sentence:
The topic sentence is one sentence that introduces the topic of your paragraph.
Topic sentences often act like tiny thesis statements. A topic sentence makes a claim of some sort. The topic sentence must be the unifying force in the paragraph.
When the topic sentence makes a claim, the paragraph that follows must expand, describe, or prove it in some way.
Topic sentences make a point and give reasons or examples to support it.
Most paragraphs in an essay have a three part structure. Each part of the paragraph plays an important role in communicating meaning to the reader.
Each sentence should relate clearly to the topic sentence or controlling idea. Also, each sentence should flow smoothly into the next without obvious shifts or jumps. A coherent paragraph also highlights the ties between old information and new information to make the structure of ideas or arguments clear to the