Solving Common Writing Problems - Wayne St Social Work

Solving Common Writing Problems - Wayne St Social Work

Paragraph Structure Topics Covered Paragraph Structure Types of Sentences Used in Paragraphs Graphs of a Good Paragraph Paragraphs: Organizational Issues

Traits of Disorganized Paragraphs Contains too many main ideas No topic sentence or concluding sentence Lack of transitions from one main idea to the next main idea within the paragraph Lack of transitions to the next paragraph Insufficient analysis of evidence Types of Sentences (Included in Most Paragraphs)

Topic Sentence: Main idea of the paragraph and should support the thesis. Evidence: Sentences that give a quote or a paraphrase. Analytical and Explanatory Sentences: Explain and discuss the significance of the evidence. Concluding Sentence: Sums up the paragraph. Transitional Sentence: Transitions to the next paragraph.

Types of Paragraphs Think of your paragraphs as having specific jobs. In an academic essay, you will need these types of paragraphs: 1) Introduction 2) Conclusion 3) Body Paragraphs: 1) Transitional Explanatory 3) Analytical

2) Body Paragraphs: Explanatory 1) Explanatory paragraphs Often in an assignment you are asked to explain the structure of a social services organization or a key concept. A paragraph that gives historical background on Welfare in the US A paragraph that describes the basic structure of Welfare Body Paragraphs: Analytical

Often in an assignment, you are also asked to make an argument and take a position on an issue. For example, this might mean making a recommendation about how organizations could better serve clients. This might also mean evaluating the effectiveness of policies. A paragraph that argues what is wrong with client services at a homeless shelter A paragraph that makes a recommendation about fixing a problem in an agency Diagram of the Quotation Sandwich

Topic Sentence: The fourth objective that an organization seeks is adaptation. Introductory Phrase and Evidence: According to Kirst-Ashman (2008), adaptation is the groups capacity to adjust to surrounding environmental conditions through an ongoing progress of change (p. 54).

Analysis of Evidence: An adaption that the Peoplesburgh Chamber of Commerce adheres to is the constant concern about drugs and violence. The chamber adapts to new measures to ensure the communitys safety. The Grow and Nurture program was developed to help end drug and alcohol abuse. Concluding Sentence: The community has made the Grow and Nurture program work to meet this fourth objective.

Notice that the analysis should be bigger than the evidence. Fixing a Disorganized Paragraph Think of body paragraphs as quotation 1. Top Bun: Topic Sentence: Introduces main idea/ideas of the paragraph sandwiches 2. Condiments: Connects Bun to Cheese: Introductory phrase

or sentence that states the source: Smith (2008) 3. Cheese: Evidence: A quote or paraphrase of source of quantitative/qualitative data 4. Meat: Your Analysis or Explanation as to why the evidence is important. 5. Bottom Bun: Concluding Sentence: a possible transition to next paragraph or new and secondary idea Conclusions, Intros and Transitions These three types of paragraphs do not

follow the quotation sandwich format. Instead, they introduce broad issues, sum up the entire essays main ideas or transition the reader from one main idea to the next. There are a variety of ways in which your professor may want you to approach these paragraphs. Instead of giving a diagram, we will discuss what each paragraph needs to accomplish to be correct. What an Introduction Should Do Outline of an Introductory Paragraph:

1. General sentence that introduces the topic. 2. Several sentences that tell the reader the main points that will be covered. 3. Sentence that encapsulates the main idea or argument that your essay will articulate. This is often called the thesis. The purpose of an Introduction is to inform the reader about the main point of your essay. Avoid using quotes or paraphrases. What a Conclusion Should Do 1)

Summarize the main ideas of your essay. 1) Literally run down what the main points of your essay were. 2) 3) Re-state your thesis in new words. Your professor may have additional requirements for your conclusion.

Transitional Paragraphs Transitional paragraphs: Move your reader to a new idea. You will only need these in longer (20-30 page) research papers. *These paragraphs should introduce a new idea and link it to the previous idea. *These paragraphs will often be very short (3-5) sentences. They usually do not fit the quotation sandwich model. Questions What

topics were not covered that you would like to see discussed? Do you have a good sense of what a thesis statement is? References Social Work Writes Powerpoint Presentation.

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