How to write a paragraph

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Paragraphs are separate blocks of text that break up a long piece of writing into manageable chunks to make it simpler to read and comprehend.

In this article, we’re going to guide you toward writing a perfect paragraph for your academic essay or research paper.

Characteristics of a good paragraph

Students must comprehend the three main aspects of paragraph writing and how each contributes to the whole writing process in order to write a successful one. Unity, coherence, and relevance are the three basic qualities of a good paragraph.

We’ll use an example paragraph from an essay about how Internet users change their identities to lead you through the process of constructing good paragraphs. We’ll progressively build up the structure of a paragraph with each step in this article.

Step 1: Paragraph example

Men and women both change their identities online, but to varying degrees, according to the findings. Topic sentence: Briefly explain the things that the paragraph will talk about. Research shows that the imitation of gender socialization norms may impact the extent to which Internet users can freely change their identities. Significance: Explain why the paragraph is important to the paper. For example, men, who are more prone to participate in risk-taking, are thought to be more inclined to use online spaces for identity exploration, including identity altering, than women (Coet & McDermott, 1979). Evidence: Cite a source to provide evidence for the paragraph’s argument. This inclination from men to change identities in times of risk-taking shows that the anonymity provided by online textual communication platforms acts as a protective mechanism, lowering social risk. If an individual makes a social mistake online, they can quickly log on with a different username without any consequence. As a result, the anonymity barrier absolves Internet users of any responsibility for their activities, as well as the physical repercussions of reckless and disrespectful behavior (Curtis, 1997). Explanation: Explain and interpret the eviden in your own words. Undeniably, the data implies that gender socialization variations in risk-taking may be connected to man and woman identity transformation, with men being more prone to take risks in exploring their identity online. Concluding sentence: Overall impact of the paragraph, along with concluding statements.

Step 2: Determine the aim of paragraph

To begin, you must understand the main point that will guide this paragraph. To do this, you should prepare a topic sentence.

Importance of the topic paragraph

Explain why the paragraph is important

Follow-up information to your topic sentence or prior paragraph should be provided in the following sentences.

So, after reading your topic sentence, ask yourself this question: “What significance does this point have in my overall argument (thesis statement)?”

This sentence elaborates on the subject and demonstrates how it relates to the larger debate of how gender norms influence the ways individuals change their identities online.,

Step 3: Provide and explain evidence

Providing evidence

You may now back up your claim with evidence and examples. You can use the following methods:
These are anecdotes or case studies that reinforce your argument. E.g., interviews with someone who tells a story linked to your subject.
These are experts’ opinions. E.g., quotes from an expert’s book, article, or editorial.
These are statistics related to your subject. E.g., percentages derived from reliable sources such as government publications or peer-reviewed research.

These are information from other writing. E.g., paraphrasing the author’s words in a text. You must be precise about where in the text you found the textual evidence whenever you use it.

This is contrasting an unknown circumstance with a recognized situation. E.g., statistics from a publication or study that is similar but not identical to your topic.

To make this a successful sort of evidence, you must create a compelling argument for the parallels between the circumstance you’re writing about and the well-known instance.

Make sure your sources are correctly cited. You can use an online citation generator such as MyBib to make this easier.

Each sort of evidence has advantages and disadvantages, and how you utilize it depends on the subject of your paper. To build the strongest case, consider combining different types of evidence in your paper’s supporting elements.

This statement gives specific information from a secondary source that shows men’s inclination toward changing their identities online.

Explaining the evidence

Now, you must demonstrate to the reader how this evidence supports your argument. Here are some ways you can do that:

This sentence elaborates on the evidence and interprets it, claiming that this specific fact shows something more general about social behaviors and online platforms.

You can repeat the last two steps until you have fully explained your point. To highlight the relationships between distinct sentences in the paragraph, use transition sentences, and transition words.

The evidence shows that people do not pay for the consequences of their actions on the Internet. The sentence explains how this is possible.

Step 4: Finish the paragraph

Finally, bring the paragraph to a close-by returning to your thesis statement and demonstrating the overall impact of the evidence you’ve examined.

Undeniably, the data implies that gender socialization variations in risk-taking may be connected to man and woman identity transformation, with men being more prone to take risks in exploring their identity online.

This sentence shows the link between the provided evidence and the thesis statement. It also presents the final thought about the paragraph’s topic.

Step 5: Go through the entire paragraph

When you’re satisfied that you’ve completely developed your argument, go through the final product to ensure that:

These are some strategies you might pursue when writing a paragraph:

When should I start a new paragraph?

Fresh paragraphs should always begin with a new concept. If you have a long thought that spans several paragraphs, each new point should be treated as a separate paragraph.
Separate paragraphs can be used to contrast opposing points of view in a discussion, various points in an argument, or any other distinction.

Breaks between paragraphs provide a little “pause” for your readers, and including them in your writing process will make it more readable. If the paragraph grows too long or the content gets too difficult, you can include a break.

A fresh paragraph should always be used for the introduction and conclusion. Depending on the writer’s content, duration, and aim, many introductions and conclusions feature many paragraphs.

Step 6: Transition word examples

Every paragraph should have a connection (a transition sentence) to the one before it. A natural transition may be achieved by using transition words or phrases.

The following are some examples of the many sorts of transitional expressions:

and, again, besides, equally important, finally, furthermore, lastly, moreover, in addition, first (second, third, etc.)

whereas, yet, on the other hand, however, nevertheless, on the contrary, by comparison, although, meanwhile, in contrast

yet, still, however, in spite of, despite, of course, once in a while
immediately, thereafter, finally, later, previously, formerly, first (second, third, etc.), next, and so forth, consequently, subsequently, thus, hence, therefore

in brief, to conclude, in conclusion, hence, therefore, accordingly, thus, as a result, consequently

If you follow these steps and tips, writing an excellent paragraph won’t be too hard. Now, it’s time to start writing. First, you may need to explore our essay samples.

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for reading. If you need further information, feel free to have a look at our essay samples or contact us at live chat.

Deniz Akcaoglu
Deniz Akcaoglu
Content editor and writer. Probably out there trying to get into an obscure band she actually hates the sound of.

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