#6 - Well written paragraph
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Parts of a paragraph
1. Topic Sentence
- Ask yourself: "What is the subject?" "What am I going to write about?"
- It is the heart of the paragraph
- The arguments can be ordered according to their importance or their chronology
3. Closing sentence
- It has two main functions:
- To restate the topic sentence but in a different way. You remind the audience what you are talking about
- To keep the readers thinking after they finished reading
2. Topic sentence: There are two broad theories concerning what triggers a human's inevitable decline to death.
The first is the wear-and-tear hypothesis that suggests the body eventually succumbs to the environmental insults of life. The second is the notion that we have an internal clock which is genetically programmed to run down. Supporters of the wear-and-tear theory maintain that the very practice of breathing causes us to age because inhaled oxygen produces toxic by-products. Advocates of the internal clock theory believe that individual cells are told to stop dividing and thus eventually to die by, for example, hormones produced by the brain or by their own genes. (from Debra Blank, "The Eternal Quest" [edited]).
3. Topic sentence: We commonly look on the discipline of war as vastly more rigid than any discipline necessary in time of peace, but this is an error.
The strictest military discipline imaginable is still looser than that prevailing in the average assembly-line. The soldier, at worst, is still able to exercise the highest conceivable functions of freedom -- that is, he or she is permitted to steal and to kill. No discipline prevailing in peace gives him or her anything remotely resembling this. The soldier is, in war, in the position of a free adult; in peace he or she is almost always in the position of a child. In war all things are excused by success, even violations of discipline. In peace, speaking generally, success is inconceivable except as a function of discipline. (from H.L. Mencken, "Reflections on War" [edited]).
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Turner, Dorothy. (n.d.) Review: Topic Sentences, from site: