I dislike giving rules or formulas to students when it comes to college writing because nearly every rule or formula has both weaknesses and exceptions.But a general guideline for the paragraphs in your college essays is that they should be about 1/3 to 1/2 of a page.Procrastination is something I have struggled with since I can remember.
Below are the five components of a college paragraph. Unlike the 5 paragraph essay, the topic sentence here has two main functions, one of which it shares with the old five paragraph essay format. This shows how gender plays out in the workplace because nurses are mostly women and doctors are usually men, although women are going to med school in increasing numbers but they dont get into the same specialties that make them a lot of money.
They follow the order in which they are most commonly found in a paragraph; however, this is not the only possible or even successful order. First, the topic sentence summarizes the main point of the paragraph. What your main thesis does for the whole paper, the topic sentence does for the paragraph. Again, usually, if well written, the ideas in your topic sentence will be a bit complicated. This is something you are familiar with from high school writing. Hospitals divide the labor of caring for sick people among the professions, but because the professions are still dominated by certain genders, the division ends up being one of gender more than job title.
Part of this is likely the result of the different roles nurses and doctors play within the hierarchy of the hospital. Where does he provide support or examples, and how doe those examples differ from one paragraph to the next? Last of all, where do you expect each paper to go next?
The most obvious difference between the two paragraphs is length.
Any longer, and chances are good that you have more than one main idea. Finish the paragraph up with a sentence or two that helps move the reader into the next point.
In which case, you need to find the other secondary main ideas and give them their own paragraphs. We will talk more about these later in the semester.
When transitioning from the five paragraph essay to the college essay, breaking out of its intro, body paragraph 1, body paragraph 2, body paragraph 3, conclusion format and its tripartite and rationale-less thesis are not the only changes you will need to make to your writing style.
You will also have to learn to bulk up the content of each paragraph.
However, students are more concerned when they cant get their paragraphs to be even a third of a page long. You need to make clear to the reader what you as a writer get from the examples. Depending on how it is that you write, you may use this list in one of two ways.
They usually think this is because they simply have nothing more to say, which in argumentative writing is not usually the case. Some students who are very unsure of writingin general or without the five paragraph frameworkmay want to use this as a guide to spur them to think about what to write next as they write the first draft of a paragraph. Once they have written the first draft of a paper, they might compare their paragraphs to the list, noting what is missing and rewriting the paragraphs as appropriate.