Use this sheet to help you:

• understand what makes a good paragraph
• write paragraphs that are unified, coherent and clear

5 minute self test

Read the paragraph checklist below. This checklist is based on the principles
outlined in this helpsheet. If you feel you need to learn more about these
points, this helpsheet is for you:

 Does the paragraph directly to the question or thesis statement?
 Does the paragraph just have one main idea?
 Is there a topic sentence which has a topic and controlling idea?
 Is the topic sentence supported?
 Are nouns and pronouns used appropriately?
 Are sentences arranged in a logical order?
 Are linking words used?
 Is the paragraph clearly linked to the other paragraphs?
 Is the paragraph layout correct?

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