Analysing A PARAGRAPH

Paragraphing
Before you can write a paragraph properly you must be able to read, analyse and understand a paragraph properly. A rather long paragraph for analysing follows…

INTRODUCTION to The STUDY of THEOLOGY “Christians believe that God desires to have fellowship with the humans he has created. He wants us to walk closely with him. This means we need to know him personally and want to please him continuously. Theology is the study of that relationship between God and his creatures, in every aspect of that relationship. It seeks to understand who God is, what he has revealed to us of himself, his purposes for his creation, and what he expects of us his creatures. So by studying theology we should learn more clearly what to believe about God and ourselves, and the world into which he has placed us. We should equally learn how we should behave towards God, our neighbours and our physical environment. Most important of all we should deepen our experience of God as we seek to walk with him more closely each day. Christian theology sees Christ as the goal of all these studies, whether they take belief, behaviour or experience as their starting point.”

What are the KEY WORDS in this paragraph?
For the purposes of this exercise only underline all the words or phrases that should stand out as being important.
Without them you could not make sense of the passage. They signal all the points made in the paragraph.

INTRODUCTION to The STUDY of THEOLOGY

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“Christians believe that God desires to have fellowship with the humans he has created. He wants us to walk closely with him. This means we need to know him personally and want to please him continuously. Theology is the study of that relationship between God and his creatures, in every aspect of that relationship. It seeks to understand who God is, what he has revealed to us of himself, his purposes for his creation, and what he expects of us his creatures. So by studying theology we should learn more clearly what to believe about God and ourselves, and the world into which he has placed us. We should equally learn how we should behave towards God, our neighbours and our physical environment. Most important of all we should deepen our experience of God as we seek to walk with him more closely each day. Christian theology sees Christ as the goal of all these studies, whether they take belief, behaviour or experience as their starting point.”

Christians believe that God desires to have fellowship with the humans he has created. He wants us to walk closely with him. This means we need to know him personally and want to please him continuously. Theology is the study of that relationship between God and his creatures, in every aspect of that relationship. It seeks to understand who God is, what he has revealed to us of himself, his purposes for his creation, and what he expects of us his creatures. So by studying theology we should learn more clearly what to believe about God and ourselves, and the world into which he has placed us. We should equally learn how we should behave towards God, our neighbours and our physical environment. Most important of all we should deepen our experience of God as we seek to walk with him more closely each day. Christian theology sees Christ as the goal of all these studies, whether they take belief, behaviour or experience as their starting point.

INTRODUCTION to The STUDY of THEOLOGY

Response

What is the TOPIC of this PARAGRAPH?

What is the TOPIC SENTENCE?
Your Suggestions:

TOPIC & TOPIC SENTENCE

Tutor’s Response

TOPIC:

“Theology”
TOPIC SENTENCE: “Theology is the study of that relationship between God and his creatures, in every aspect of that relationship.”

What are the MAIN POINTS (statements) of this paragraph?
(Some possibilities – choose 5 or 6:
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God wants us to walk closely with him We need to experience him personally Theology studies the relationship between God and us Theology is about the study of God Theology tells us what God has revealed about himself and his creation Theology is primarily about belief, behaviour and experience of God We must learn what are our responsibilities towards God, our neighbours and the environment Christ is the ultimate goal of all our theological studies.)

MAIN POINTS

Tutor’s Response

God wants us to have a personal relationship with him Theology studies aspects of that relationship In particular Theology is about belief, behaviour and experience of God It concerns our responsibilities towards God, other people and the created world Christ is the ultimate goal of all our studies.

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Write your own SUMMARY of this paragraph using these main points
(in approximately half to one third of the original space)

SUMMARY

Tutor’s Response

Theology studies the various aspects of the relationship God wants us to have with him. This involves matters of belief about God, of how we experience him, and of our behaviour towards God, our fellow human beings and the world we live in. Ultimately we find that Christ is the goal of all theological studies.

What has been Learnt?
What have you learnt from this study?

Note down as several items (in statement form) what you have learnt Then form either one paragraph or several paragraphs to describe all that you have learnt from this exercise

What has been Learnt?

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What has been Learnt?
I trust you have learnt something about how to construct a PARAGRAPH, perhaps also about making a SUMMARY or PRECIS. I hope you will also have learnt, from working on this exercise, something about THEOLOGY!

Notes
To analyse: “To study / examine something in detail in order to discover more about it.” NB: Analysis involves separating the different parts of the whole.

A Topic:
“A subject which is discussed, written about or studied.” Its function is to provide a general idea of what the whole discussion / passage is about
A Topic Sentence: states the general point being made about the topic Main Points: state the chief points being made relating to this general point

Key Words: the “signposts” that help us to identify these points

A Precis (or Summary): “A short form of a text which briefly gives only the important parts.”
A précis helps us to focus and clarify our understanding of the text. In a précis:
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details and examples are left out use is made of key words and main points, which may be re-phrased.

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