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academic Writing course

academic Writing course

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University of KairouanFaculty of Letters and Human SciencesDepartment of EnglishFIRST YEAR LICENCEFONDAMENTALE ET APPLIQUEE
READING AND WRITING2010-2011
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Praragraph writing
1-What is a paragraph?
A Paragraph is a basic unit of organization in writing in which a group of related, sentences develops onemain idea. A paragraph can be as short as one sentence or as long as ten sentences. The number of sentences is unimportant; however, the paragraph should be long enough to develop the main idea clearly.A paragraph has three major structural parts:- a topic sentence- supporting sentences- a concluding sentence
2- Length of a paragraph
Often there are questions from almost all students about how long a paragraph is and how many sentencesa-paragraph contains.There are no appropriate answers for those questions. However,you should keep inmind. that a paragraph should be neither so short that the main idea of the paragraph is not developed andsufficiently expanded, nor so long that it tends to break down into so many sub-ideas that it would be better to organize them into separate paragraphs. In
 
other words, how long a paragraphwill be dependson how clearly a topic
sentence is
discussed or explained.
3-parts of a paragraph
A paragraph is made up of 
three kinds of sentences that develop the writer’s main idea
, opinion, or feeling about a subject. These sentences are:a.
A Topic sentence
 b.
Supporting sentences
c.
A Concluding sentence
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The first line of a paragraph is usually
indented
. This
indentation
of a paragraph indicates where the paragraph begins. In a composition that contains many paragraphs, there will be several indentations tomake it easy for the reader to see where each new paragraph or idea in the composition begins.One paragraph, however, contains only one indentation because there is only one beginning point.Remember that you must
capitalize
the first word in each sentence and end each sentence with
a punctuation mark 
, most often a period (
.
).The chart below shows how the example paragraph is organized.3

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