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WRITING - PARAGRAPHS, COMPOSITIONS - CONNECTORS

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LET'S LOOK AT WRITING IN ENGLISH

There are many types of compositions and different styles of writing.
 
When writing a composition we need to know how to write a correct sentence (capital letter at the beginning and full stop at the end -PLEASE!) a paragraph with a main idea and all different types of writing.
 
Different forms of composition writing:-
Descriptive writing - describing a person or an event, writing a report, giving a speech,writing a letter - formal and informal, presenting arguments for and against, writing your opinion.

All your writing should be divided into paragraphs which makes it easy for your reader to understand what you want to say.

 

PARAGRAPH WRITING

 

Each paragraph should have a main idea.  The main idea is often written in one sentence called the topic sentence.  The topic sentence is usually the first sentence but it can be the second or the last sentence in the paragraph.

 

The rest of the paragraph is made up of supporting detail – things which support or expand the main idea – facts, examples, reasons, explanations, details etc.  If a sentence does not relate to the main idea it should not be in that paragraph.

 

CHECKLIST for your paragraph writing

1.  Does your paragraph have a topic sentence?

2.  Does the topic sentence state the main idea of the paragraph?

3.  Does the paragraph include supporting details?

4.  Does each sentence in the paragraph refer to the main idea?

5.  Is the first line of the paragraph indented (five spaces in from the left margin)?

6.  Does each sentence begin with a capital letter?

7.  Does each sentence end with a punctuation mark – full stop, exclamation mark or question mark?

8.  Is the connection between the ideas easy to follow and understand?

A SAMPLE LETTER - showing correct layout. 
 
                                                                                         Mrs. Green,
                                                                                         Apple Lane,
                                                                                         Orange Town,
                                                                                         England.
Mr. Brown,
Orchard Way,
Peach Blossom Village,
England.
                                                                                           1st. April, 2010.
 
Dear Mr. Brown,
I am writing on behalf of the Community Centre where we are planning a benefit dance to raise money for our new orphanage.
 
Some of our orphans are organising a show and we would very much like you to be part of the entertainment for that evening.
 
The Benefit Dance will be on Saturday 14th April at 20.00 at the City Hall.  We are organising a three course meal for all our guests.
 
We would be very honoured if you would agree to perform for us.  Please let us know as soon as possible.
 
Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Green.
 
 
INFORMAL LETTER
 
Hi Uncle Joe,
It was great seeing you at the game this Saturday.
 
I am sending you the list of names you requested.  Hope it helps you.
 
I'll be coming down to London next weekend and I'd love to come and see you and the kids.  Let me know when you'll be home.
 
Give a big kiss to everyone.
Love,
Sue.
 
 
CONNECTORS
We use connectors to enrich our English.  They join ideas together. Try to put at least three connectors in each composition or letter.
 
Connectors showing reason:-
because, because of, in order to, as a result, therefore, so, so that
 
Connectors adding information:-
in addition to, besides, moreover, furthermore
 
Connectors showing contrast:-
although, even though, however, but, in spite of
 
Connectors showing another possibility:-
either...or
on the other hand
 
Connectors showing the order of how things happen:-
after, before, first, second, finally, in the end, in conclusion
 
Connectors to give examples:-
for example, like, such as

LOVE LIFE AND LOVE LEARNING - BOTH ARE PRECIOUS
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
BELIEVE IN YOUR ABILITY AND NEVER GIVE UP
GRAB HOLD OF AN IDEA AND FLY WITH IT
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT