Writing Help: Paragraphs

A Checklist. Does my paragraph have:

  • a main idea (topic sentence)?
  • unity: do all the sentences relate clearly to the main idea and to each other?
  • coherence: do sentences relate to each other in content, in grammatical structure, and in word choice?
  • development: do specific, logical examples and details support the main idea?

For explanations of these terms, see A Guide to Writing Good Paragraphs.