History[ edit ] The oldest classical Greek and Latin writing had little or no space between words and could be written in boustrophedon alternating directions. Over time, text direction left to right became standardized, and word dividers and terminal punctuation became common. The first way to divide sentences into groups was the original paragraphos, similar to an underscore at the beginning of the new group.
Vary them in length and structure to keep the interest of your readers alive. Back to Top - Sentence fragments Do not write sentence fragments incomplete sentencesunless they are part of a dialogue.
I need a new book. Because the old one is torn. I need a new book because the old one is torn. Back to Top - Parallel structure Use the same pattern of words parallel structure to show two or more ideas in a sentence.
I like reading, writing, and to paint. I like reading, writing, and painting. Correct Back to Top - Main point of sentence When writing a sentence, the main point you are trying to put across should preferably be in the beginning. The rest should come later. This makes your readers understand your sentence better.
It was a beautiful garden with well-kept flower beds, immaculately trimmed hedges, and plenty of trees. Immediately upon reading the sentence, the reader knows what you are saying.
A sentence should not contain unnecessary words. Back to Top - Vary sentence openings Vary your sentence openings. Too many similar openings in your prose make reading tedious. Besides freshness, variety brings emphasis to the sentence. Back to Top - Compound or complex sentence Do not confuse a compound sentence with a complex sentence.
A compound sentence consists of two independent clauses joined by a coordinator. This coordinator may either be a coordinating conjunction e. I like reading books, but my friend likes painting. I like reading books; however, my friend likes painting.
I like reading books; my friend likes painting. A complex sentence consists of an independent clause joined by one or more dependent clauses. The dependent clause is always headed by a subordinating conjunction e.
Although I like reading books, my friend likes painting. It is my friend who likes painting. Back to Top - Omit unnecessary phrases Avoid writing phrases that add nothing to the meaning of a sentence.
Either reduce them to single words, or omit them altogether. He has no sense of responsibility.Writing a Descriptive Paragraph (Gr. 3) Use this teacher model to teach your students how to write descriptions in their writing. The packet includes: a sample description web, a blank description web, and four different revisions of a descriptive paragraph are provided.
In the IELTS reading exam, one very familiar task is to identify the main topic of a paragraph by selecting the correct heading from a list.
One way to complete that task is to identify one sentence that gives the main point of the paragraph – this is the topic sentence.
Sentence and Paragraph Writing Tips - tips on writing good sentences and paragraphs. - Go to top of page (index)- Educational Diagnostic tests Reading: Test of Early Reading Ability (TERA) Measures of the reading ability of young children age 3 years, 6 months - 8 years, 6 months (does not test the child's readiness for reading).
The process and types of writing. Required and voluntary writing has a broad range of styles. A writing assignment succeeds by addressing a defined audience with content organized into an effective and/or convincing presentation.
In Daily Paragraph Practice, students focus on one weekly topic and write a daily paragraph using one of the four prompts. Each prompt represents a different type of writing--descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and expository--and is designed for upper elementary and middle school students.