Lesson 3 - Effective paragraphs

Lesson 3 Effective paragraphs
  1. To start: Creating a LessonUp account.
  2. Recap: What do you remember from the last two lessons
  3. How: Effective paragraphs
  4. Work: Can I improve the review I wrote before the holiday?
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Lesson 3 Effective paragraphs
  1. To start: Creating a LessonUp account.
  2. Recap: What do you remember from the last two lessons
  3. How: Effective paragraphs
  4. Work: Can I improve the review I wrote before the holiday?

Slide 1 - Slide

  • You know how to write a clear paragraph.
  • You know what a topic sentence is.

Slide 2 - Slide

Enter my LessonUp class
  • Go to lessonup.app
  • enter this code: mbpee
  • log in using your microsoft 365-account
  • (this is your school e-mail)

Slide 3 - Slide

What do you still remember about a review?

Slide 4 - Slide

What is the aim/goal of a review?
To summarize
To give an opinion
To convince the reader

Slide 5 - Quiz

Which of these devices do you use in the review introduction?
Name of the director
Very short plot summary
Genre of the work
All of the above

Slide 6 - Quiz

Body of a review
comparisons to other movies and books
information about the actors
Likes and dislikes
memorable scenes
special filming techniques
previous work of the director

Slide 7 - Drag question

What do you always need to end your review with?

Slide 8 - Open question

Slide 9 - Slide

Why use paragraphs?
Use them to organize...
  1. Ideas
  2. Information

  • The reader can more easily read and understand

Slide 10 - Slide

Example: grocery store
  • The store is broken down into sections
  • Sections are clearly labeled

  • If there were no labels, you would get lost every time

Slide 11 - Slide

In writing - sections
Paragraph: part of the text that groups ideas together

Contains 2 things:
  1. Topic sentence - the main idea of the paragraph
  2. Supporting details - support the main idea

Slide 12 - Slide

In writing -  topic sentence
Topic sentence - the main idea of the paragraph

  • All sentences that follow should relate to the same subject.
  • At the start of your paragraph.
  • Does not have to be the first sentence in your paragraph.

Slide 13 - Slide

Slide 14 - Slide

Example paragraph

Slide 15 - Slide

Which sentence is the topic sentence, which states the subject of her paragraph?
My name is Cecilia Barnes, and I have lived in Shelby County for over 35 years.
I strongly urge the city council to reconsider eliminating the #71 bus line.
Without it, we will have to leave our homes 60 minutes earlier and arrive home that much later.
Might running smaller, more cost-efficient busses during off-peak hours be possible rather than cutting service?

Slide 16 - Quiz

In writing -  supporting details
Supporting details - support the main idea

Example - a job interview
  • "I think I'm the perfect person for this job!"
  • You need evidence to back up that claim.
  • Use the evidence to convince your reader that you are right.

Slide 17 - Slide

Michelle is writing an email to convince her company that replacing current company cars with hybrids would be a good financial and environmental investment.

Which fact best helps her make her case?
Options for choosing a hybrid vehicle were limited in the past, but now most manufacturers offer a wide range of styles and colors.
The upfront cost of hybrid cars will be earned back by the long-term savings in fuel costs and tax breaks.
Hybrid cars are becoming increasingly popular. Many celebrities drive hybrid cars.

Slide 18 - Quiz

"The Dodgers have the best chance of winning the World Series this year."

Which of these details would best support this statement?
They have by far the coolest uniforms in the National League.
They’re from Los Angeles, and I have a cousin who lives out there.
Their starting pitcher won the Most Valuable Player award last year.

Slide 19 - Quiz

Unified paragraphs
A paragraph on one topic with clearly connected sentences.
  • All sentences belong there.
  • If a sentence is not about the topic, delete it.
  • Your main idea is clear.
  • All other details support your main idea.
  • Your details are clear. If they confuse you, they will confuse the reader.

Slide 20 - Slide

"On an application for a small business loan, Ernesto has to write one paragraph to explain why the bank should give him money for his flower shop."

  • In order to have a strong, unified paragraph, which of these statements should he keep in his application?
  • Which should he delete?

Slide 21 - Slide

"I have experience running a small business; I have managed my uncle’s flower business for over 15 years."

Slide 22 - Quiz

"I coached my son’s soccer team to win the state championship last year."

Slide 23 - Quiz

"My business will be the only shop of its kind in the area—a one-stop wedding service offering cakes, flowers, tuxedo rentals, invitations, and much, much more."

Slide 24 - Quiz

"If I receive the loan, I will be able to secure a showroom on W. High Street, the highest traffic shopping area in town."

Slide 25 - Quiz

"I have talked to other shop owners on W. High Street, and in their opinion, business is better than ever."

Slide 26 - Quiz

"I was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by my classmates at Woodrow Wilson High School."

Slide 27 - Quiz

Improving a paragraph
  • Take a look at the review you wrote before the holiday.
  • Open a new Word document.
  • Copy one of your body paragraphs.
  • Paste it twice in the new document.

Slide 28 - Slide

Improving a paragraph
Improve the second copy of your paragraph, does it have?

  • A clear topic sentence?
  • Good supporting details for your claim?
  • Relevant information on the topic you wrote on?

Finished? Improve the rest of your review or add details.

Slide 29 - Slide

Next lesson
Tomorrow: deadline cooking assignment

Review structure in the Life book.
Improving your movie review.

Slide 30 - Slide