Once you know about 5 sentence structures for variety in a paragraph learn how to place them in a paragraph with the help of a paragraph hamburger.
If you are a beginner at writing, a simple but easy tool to write a perfect paragraph can be of great help. The tool should be able to fulfill some requirements : of leading from the General to the Specific; of having a leading sentence and a concluding one; and of organisation of ideas and their relation to each other.
Think of a juicy hamburger and you will get the ingredients for a paragraph hamburger. These ingredients are really sentences placed in an organised structure. Here are the three layers of sentences:
- Top Portion of the Bun is the Topic Sentence
A paragraph begins with a leading sentence or the theme called the Topic Sentence. Imagine this as the top part of the bun of a hamburger as it expresses a main idea. For teachers and parents: learn essentials of paragraph writing in how to teach paragraph writing here.
- Juicy Middle Portion of the Hamburger has all the Details
A hamburger filling is really made of lettuce, tomato, cheese and burger; all that can be made in to supporting sentences in a paragraph. Three or four sentences should form up the middle section which explain and elaborate the topic sentence. They answer the “how”, “why”, “when”, and “where” questions.
- The Bottom Portion of the Bun holds it in Place
Once you have the top and the filling of a hamburger, hold it all in place with a concluding sentence. This is the sentence that makes up the bottom of the bun and echoes the topic sentence.
Beginners can master this technique and then with confidence, make their own variations. Learning about paragraph hamburger can be fun through teaching kids how to write a paragraph.