Writing Paragraph

About Writing Paragraph

  1. Writing Competency is the third part of mastering a foreign language besides speaking and reading. Someone who can speak fluently does not mean that he can write easily or vise versa. What important things in writings are  possessing a lot of vocabulary and mastering sentence pattern.
  2. A paragraph is a group of sentences, that has one main idea with several supporting sentences. Most writers put the main idea in the beginning of every paragraph, some prefer placing it in the middle and a few write it in the last sentence. Supporting sentences functions to give complete information about the topic sentences. Sometimes, main idea is also called topic sentence.
  3. A sentence is a group of wards that has complete meaning. A sentence must be correct in structure and diction.
  4. In writing a paragraph we should be able to differentiate formal writing or informal one. Most business activities require formal rather than informal writing.
  5. An effective paragraph consists of 50 to 150 words. Then in one paragraph there should be at least three sentences. In general it is recommended that you apply simple and short sentences in writing paragraph. Short sentences are usually around 10 – 20 words.
  6. However, writing a paragraph is not an easy task for many people especially for a beginner.
  7. Steps to write a paragraph, first : you have to choose an appropriate topic or title.  Title is the central point of the whole paragraph. Sometimes it is better you choose a simple topic rather than the complicated one. Second, determine the main points of your paragraph orderly. What should you write first then, the next and so on. Third, make sure that you get the main purpose of your writing whether you want to inform, to describe, to report, to persuade, to claim, to propose, etc.

For example:

Esa Unggul University

Esa Unggul University is a private university, which is located at 9, Jalan Arjuna West Jakarta. It was established in 1994. There are around 10,000 students of several faculties. Many of them take morning class and the remaining join the evening class. Students are very active and they have close relationship with all lecturers and staff. The facilities are complete and these make them eager to learn in order to be graduated on time. Every year, this university receives new students and graduates around 800 students as well. Among other private university in West Jakarta, Esa Unggul has good reputation and is assumed as a prominent university in future.

Note   :    The bold part is called as topic sentence and the remaining sentences are called supported sentences.


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