Now that your planning stage is complete, you can begin writing your draft. Your writing should be organized, developed, accurate, and original.
1 Exercise: Write a body paragraph
Remember that a body paragraph has three types of sentences: topic sentences, supporting sentences, and concluding sentences. All of the sentences below belong to a paragraph about applying to a university in the U.S. First label each type of sentence (TS, SS, CS) on the first line provided. Then, put them in a logical sequence by writing a number on the second line provided.
_____ _____ A. In your investigation, there are many questions you need to ask.
_____ _____ B. First, you need to make a list of universities that you would like to attend.
_____ _____ C. Of the universities left on the list, consider which university you like the best
based on any other personal reasons (location, atmosphere, etc.).
_____ _____ D. For example, you need to find out what programs they offer, how much they
cost, and what the entrance requirements are.
_____ _____ E. Deciding which university you want to apply to is simple, but not easy.
_____ _____ F. After you have all of the information you need, then cross off any universities
that don’t match your goals or fit with your situation.
_____ _____ G. Then, investigate each university on the list.
_____ _____ H. If you follow these steps, deciding on a university is a simple step in the
process of applying to a university in the U.S.
2 Exercise: Write a body paragraph
Choose one of the topic sentences below. On a piece of paper, write a body paragraph using that topic sentence.
- Breaking a bad habit starts with identifying the habit that you want to break.
- First, you need to decide how much money you want to spend on your vacation.
- In order to choose the right diet for you, you need to know what foods you typically eat.
3 Exercise: Complete an introduction paragraph
Use the hook and thesis statement to finish an introduction paragraph. Write your complete paragraph on a piece of paper.
Hook: Cars are a modern convenience that allow for greater independence.
Thesis: Learning how to drive requires practice, learning the driving rules, and knowing how to operate a car.