Paragraph Writing

A paragraph is a unit of composition in which one idea or one thought is developed by means of examples or supporting details. Thus, a paragraph is a complete and systematic discussion of one-single thought.

A descriptive paragraph describes a thing, a person, or place or an event. Detailed information allows the reader to form an image in his or her imagination. The better the description, the clearer the image. Using the description allows the reader to form a better mental image of whatever is being described.

The purpose of descriptive writing is to make our readers see, feel, and hear what we have seen, felt, and heard. Whether we are describing a person, a place or a thing our aim is to reveal a subject through vivid and carefully selected details.

Features of a good paragraph:

  • Unity: The most important feature of a paragraph is unity. That means all the sentences in a paragraph should bring out only one thought, idea or subject. Its unity is seen in the way its sentences hold together to express that idea or subject. All sentences revolve round the main idea of the topic. The unity of the paragraph is thus upheld by the logically arranged facts in a natural sequence with all the points converging on the main idea.
  • Coherence: Coherence means that all the sentences in a paragraph should be well connected to one another as well as to the central theme. It means that each sentence should naturally follow the previous sentence and should naturally lead to the next. If we unite all the sentences in a systematic manner, we should be able to achieve coherence.
  • Emphasis: We may be combining in our paragraph a few ideas or a few events related to the central subject. These ideas or events may not be equally important and some of those may be more important in comparison to others. Emphasis means that each idea or event should be given as much importance as it deserves in relation to the central point.
  • Variety: In a paragraph, sentences should be of varied length and there should also be a variety in their construction.

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