University Hassan II Mohammedia
Faculty of letters Department of English English studies
Writing Paragraphs Kesbi
|Paragraph Writing S1|
The idea of a paragraph
paragraph is a group of sentences about one idea. Sentences in the paragraph develop or
contribute to that idea.
A. Read the paragraph below. Then write the idea of the paragraph and
three supporting details.
Though he had only
three months of formal education, Thomas Alva Edison affected the lives of
millions of people. Edison is best known
for the electric light, but he invented other well-known devices such as the
phonograph and the stock ticker. Most
people are not aware that Edison also developed a cement mixer and a storage
battery. The next time you use a
typewriter, thank Thomas Edison for improving that useful machine.
Paragraph idea: ………(1)………………
Supporting Details: …(3)……………
Exercise B Write
three supporting details for each paragraph idea below.
1. Sports that interest me and the reasons why
2. Life with a single parent
3. Summer vacation plans
topic sentence is a statement of the controlling idea of a paragraph.
A In each pair of sentences,
there is a topic sentence and a supporting detail. Find and underline the topic sentence.
I pull on my boots and throw
my raincoat. I have a job to do every
time it rains.
There are over thirty-five
breeds of horses. The Morgan
horse is a unique American breed.
Women have swum in races for
many years. Helen held a dozen swimming
Brazil’s official language
is Portuguese. Brazil has an interesting
culture and history.
I do not understand many
weather terms. What is a windchill
My brother Bill is active in
winter sports. His favourite
sport is ice fishing.
Many cities in this country
have nicknames. San Francisco is “The
City by the Golden Gate.”
Wisconsin produces much of
the area’s corn. Parts of the Midwest
are called the “Corn Belt.”
Joggers must wear well-made
shoes. The shoes should give you
B Write four details for each of
the topic sentences below. Write the
supporting details in sentence form.
Newspaper stories are often
Every university should have
Small economy cars are
better than large cars.