The Paragraph: On Closer Inspection
Paragraph Myth and Reality: A Jet Back in Time
Okay, back, back, back to high school again. Yup, there she is: Miss Ferguson, teaching...what’s this? Paragraph structure? And she’s telling you to read the paragraph on—how ironic!—paragraph structure. Probably it sounded like something from Prentice-Hall’s high school textbook. It has an alluring and charming name that must have set the young students on fire: Grammar and Composition
. Could they make it any more boring? Unless, of course, you consider the writing in the actual book. Here’s what it says:
A paragraph usually has one sentence that states the main idea of the paragraph. The other sentences explain, support, and develop the main idea ...