Set V, 2

PARAGRAPH DEVELOPMENT

The Topic Sentence--Restricting Sentence--Illustrating Sentence as a model of paragraph development offers a formula for developing an idea in an essay within tightly connected sentences. The T.S. is a general statement. The R.S. limits the general statement to a particular statement. The I.S. offers a descriptive example of the idea in the paragraph. The T.S., R.S., and I.S. can be arranged in any order, and you may use as many of the R.S. and I.S. sentences as you like. 

Example paragraph:

Athletic coaches are out to win.  My coach, Mr. Smith, always pushes us during practice. Everyday he makes us go through the hamburger drill and knows that none of us like it. For the hamburger drill, we running backs have to run straight at tacklers as they mow us down like leaves of grass. It hurts. We can't figure out why Mr. Smith has us do the hamburger, but he has us go through it everyday.

The same paragraph broken down:

T.S.:  Athletic coaches are out to win.  

R.S.: My coach, Mr. Smith, always pushes us during practice. 

I.S.: Everyday he makes us go through the hamburger drill and knows that none of us like it.

I.S.: For the hamburger drill, we running backs have to run straight at tacklers as they mow us down like leaves of grass. 

I.S.: It hurts.

I.S.: We can't figure out why Mr. Smith has us do the hamburger, but he has us go through it everyday.

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