How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay


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After a long day, a teacher is grading a large number of essays which were written by his students. He is reviewing how his students structured their essays. Tom structured his essay so each paragraph had 3 sentences. Jane used 4 to 5 sentences, Katie used 6 to 7 sentences, while Phil used 9 to 10 sentences for each paragraph. Based on this fact alone, which of the following likely received the highest grade?

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1. Why is it a bad idea to use only short subject-verb sentences?

2. Which of the following sentences is NOT written with simple subject-verb construction?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are some rules of thumb to follow when structuring paragraphs in an essay, and this quiz/worksheet will help test your understanding of them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Reason why you should write fully developed paragraphs
  • Results of using subject-verb construction throughout a paragraph
  • Paragraph length at which you should aim
  • Subject-verb construction
  • Way to ensure a paragraph is clear and easy to understand

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related structuring paragraphs lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of subject-verb construction in connection with holding the reader's attention
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast types of paragraph structures in the lesson, such as ones with and without subject-verb construction
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding well-developed paragraphs

Additional Learning

To learn more about the rules of thumb for structuring paragraphs review the corresponding lesson called How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Introduces how to structure paragraphs in an essay
  • Explains how to make your paragraphs clear and easily understood
  • Describes how to capture your reader's interest
  • Provides ways on how to structure paragraphs to maximize impact
  • Suggests the length paragraphs should be
  • Discusses the use of subject-verb construction in paragraphs