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Revising Paragraphs

Once you draft a paragraph, take a break and come back to it to see it freshly. When you revise, you check your writing for its ideas and structure. These activities will help you revise.

Revising for Structure

Your first job in revising is to check the overall structure of your paragraph. Choose one of the paragraphs you have written and check each part below.

Check your topic sentence or opinion statement.

Answer these questions about your first sentence. Apply any changes that will improve your first sentence. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

  1. How could my first sentence more clearly identify my topic?

    (Answers will vary.)

  2. How could I capture my reader’s attention in the first sentence?

    (Answers will vary.)

Check your body sentences.

Answer these questions about your body sentences. Apply any changes that will improve them.

This lesson is a part of the Writing Paragraphs unit.

Click the title to view more information about this unit and a full list of lessons that are included.

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