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A paragraph is a unit of text within a longer piece of writing which discusses one key idea in relation to a given topic. It should include:
Use signposting words and phrases from the lists below to develop your writing:
|Introducing theory||Linking||Concluding / summing up|
|… states||because||In summary|
|… argues||however||To conclude|
|… proposes||but||This demonstrates|
|… suggests||since||This suggests|
|… points out||also||In conclusion|
|… believes||as a result||To summarise|
Below is a sample assignment question:
Examine the impact of the representation of women on contemporary radio.
The following paragraph brings together all of the elements listed to form a cohesive paragraph:
|[linking sentence] Although it could be [signposting word] argued that there is much evidence to support the upholding of gender stereotypes in radio, [topic sentence] the female DJ may give a voice to women which challenges the stereotypical view of the female as passive. [evidence with reference]Barnard (2000) suggests that
“. . . the depiction of women in the commercials . . . reveals radio’s true perception of and attitude towards the female listener.”
[development sentences] His suggestion here would be that daytime radio tends to reinforce gender stereotypes; however the decision to hire Zoe Ball to host the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show in 1997 reflects a decision to redress the balance. Ball’s image as being a hardened drinker and her controversial lifestyle have been cited as contributing to what became known in the late 1990s as the ‘ladette culture.’ [concluding sentence and reference to the question] This [signposting word] suggests then that gender representation on mainstream primetime radio may have a significant impact on British popular culture (Calcutt 2000).
Failure to develop your point may result in a weak structure and incoherent argument.
Now you’ve read the guide, we suggest that you have a go at the How to structure a paragraph worksheet.
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