Sort
• In pairs, put the story in the correct order.
Think
• If you didn’t already know the story, what
about it gives away the order of the
paragraphs?
Objectives
• All will understand what a paragraph is
and when it should be used.
• Most will be able to demonstrate how to
use paragraphs.
• Some will understand what a signpost is
and will be able to use them to add
cohesion to their writing.
What is a Paragraph?
• A collection of sentences dealing with one
topic or subject.
Why Paragraph?
• Paragraphs help us to organise our
writing, so that it makes sense and is
easier to read.
When to Begin a New Paragraph
• When a new person is introduced, a new paragraph is
required.
• When one person has stopped speaking, a new
paragraph is required to make it clear that a different
person is replying.
• When there is a change of place, a new paragraph is
required.
• A new paragraph is also used to indicate the passing of
time.
• So remember, a change of person, speaker, place or
time requires a new paragraph.
Tip-Top Paragraphing!
Time
Place
Ti p To p
Person
Topic
Demonstrate
• Read the story on the worksheet. Add the
following symbol where you think a new
paragraph should begin:
//
Now rewrite the story in
clear paragraphs. These
should be indented about
two inches from the
margin.
Learning Check
• When should we begin a new paragraph in
creative writing?
Signposts
Signposts link ideas between paragraphs to create a
cohesion in a piece of writing.
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•
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Also
Moreover
Furthermore
Additionally
Similarly
Firstly
Later
Next
Signposts
• Can you think of any other signposts that
you might use to link the paragraphs in
your writing?
Demonstrate
• Write a short story about an exciting day
you’ve had using clear paragraphs and
interesting signposts to make your writing
more cohesive.
Learning Check
• When should we begin a new paragraph in
creative writing?
• Write down three signposts
that you could use to
link paragraphs.
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