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Section 5.3

Paragraph Development

Develop paragraphs in a variety of patterns that reflect yourthinking about the material. As you write the topic sentence and its supporting sentences, lookfor ways to structure your thinking. Where one author advanceshis or her material by narrating a series of events, anotherundertakes a physical description and another undertakes ananalysis of the topic. These patterns of paragraph developmentusually emerge in the process of revision. More than one pattern of development may be used in a series ofparagraphs.

Here are some important modes of paragraph development:

Exemplification

Narration

Process

Description

Comparison and contrast

Analogy

Cause and effect

Classification and division

Definition

Analysis

Enumeration

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