Paragraphing

A paragraph expresses a point, idea or argument and is typically several sentences long.

Good paragraphs have a topic sentence to start which summarises the point discussed. Then the point is explained, possibly with evidence being presented and analysed in support of the point being made. Sometimes, at the end of the paragraph there will be a hint of what comes in the next paragraph. Start a new paragraph when you move to the next point.

There is no set length to a paragraph; it depends on the length of discussion needed to make the point clear. Avoid single sentence paragraphs. If your paragraph extends to most of a page, it is likely that there is more than one point involved. Review the paragraph to see where you might break it into two.