Grammar and Spelling
1. Check your spelling.
2. Check your grammar.
3. Read your essay again.
4. Make sure each sentence has a subject.
5. See if your subjects and verbs agree with each other.
6. Check the verb tenses of each sentence.
7. Make sure that each sentence makes sense.
Style and Organization
1. Make sure your paragraph has a topic sentence.
2. Make sure your supporting sentences focus on the main idea.
3. Make sure you have a closing sentence.
4. Check that all your sentences focus on the main idea.
5. See if your paragraph is interesting.
III. Kinds of Paragraphs
| When writing a definition paragraph, you take a thing or an idea and explain what it is.
Example: Write a paragraph giving the definition of a pest.
The following words can help you to write a good definition paragraph:
· "is defined as"
|| A pest is defined as any animal or plant that damages crops, forests, or property.
· "is a kind of"
|| A pest is a kind of animal or plant that damages crops, forests, or property.
2. Classification paragraph
When writing a classification paragraph, you group things or ideas into specific categories.
Example: Write a paragraph discussing two types of energy resources.
The following words can help you to write a good classification paragraph:
· is a kind of
Coal is a kind of non-renewable resource.
· can be divided into
Energy resources can be divided into two types.
· is a type of
Coal is a type of non-renewable resource.
· falls under
Coal falls under the category of non-renewable resources.
· belongs to
Coal belongs to the category of non-renewable resources.
· is a part of
Coal is a part of the category of non-renewable resources.
· fits into
Coal fits into the category of non-renewable resources.
· is grouped with
Coal is grouped with non-renewable resources.
· is related to
Coal is related to other non-renewable resources.
· is associated with
Coal is associated with other non-renewable resources.
In a description paragraph, you are writing about what a person, place, or thing is like. Sometimes, you may describe where a place is located.
|| Write a paragraph describing what a polar bear looks like.
| Describe where Canada's industry is located.
The following words can help you to write a good description paragraph:
Polar bears are big in size.
Polar bears are usually white in colour.
Polar bears have a special shape.
The purpose of the polar bear's fur is to keep it warm.
The length of a polar bear's claws is 20 cm.
The width of a polar bear's head is about 50 cm.
· mass / weight
Polar bears weigh up to 650 kg.
Polar bears can swim at a speed of 40 km per hour.
· is like
A polar bear is like other bears in shape.
A polar bear resembles other bears in shape.
Most of Canada's manufacturing is located in Ontario and Quebec.
The ceiling is above us.
Most of Ontario is below Hudson Bay.
Quebec is located beside Ontario.
Many companies are located near Toronto.
· north / east / south / west
Ontario is west of Quebec.