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Writing good paragraphs

Like making a cheeseburger!


Topic sentence
Explanation/analysis
+
Evidence
Linking/concluding
sentence

Topic sentence
The top bun

What do you see when you open a cheeseburger


wrapper? How do you know that its not a Big Mac, a
Quarter Pounder, or worse?
Just like the first thing you see when you open the box
or wrapper of your burger, the topic sentence lets
you know what youre in for & introduces whats
coming.
It introduces the main idea of the paragraph
It must relate to the question thats being answered.

Your turn:

Evidence/explanation:
Also
known
as
Analysis
Your point needs to have support.
In History, we do this by making reference to the
evidence weve collected and on which weve conducted
our source analysis.
This should include both direct and indirect references.
Your evidence should be discussed and analysed, and
every sentence should help to answer the question!

Your turn:

Some verbs for


analysing
evidence
Explains

Advises

Persuades

Symbolises

Portrays

States

Presents

Suggests

Explores

Affects

Exposes

Argues

Highlight
s

Builds
Confirms

Reflects

Supports

Hints

Creates

Relates

Tells

Criticises

Represent
s

Establishes

Illustrate
s

Demonstrat
es

Implies

Describes

Indicates

Displays

Narrates

Emphasises

Reveals

Exaggerate
s

Shows

Examines

Signifies

Introduces

Linking/concluding
sentence
This sentence sums up your paragraph.
It should always support the thesis of the paper and
answer the question being asked.
It can still be analytical.
The best linking/concluding sentences make clear
links to and introduce the next paragraph.

Your turn: