A SUMMARY OF PARAGRAPH REQUIREMENTS
All paragraphs must meet the following minimum
I. Paragraphs must have a TOPIC SENTENCE that:
1. states the main idea
2. limits the scope of the paragraph
3. relates the topic to the audience or in some way
reflects the author's awareness of who the audience
4. suggests the writer's purpose
5. extablishes the writer's tone, his attitude toward
II. Paragraphs must develop the topic sentence with body
sentences (generally subgeneralizations and details, or details)
that explain, suggest, support, illustrate, or prove the idea in
the topic sentence.
These sentences of the body must exhibit the characteristics
1. Unity--all of the sentences clearly relate to the
topic sentence and say something about it
2. Coherence--these sentences must present information
in easily recognizable logical order
3. Adequate Development--these sentences must present
enough information to make the idea stated in
the topic sentence clearly understood.
III. All paragraphs must be consistent throughout in tense and
point of view.
IV. Paragraphs should offer a variety of sentence types and
V. All elements of a paragraph should work together to evoke
mood and produce a single effect.