Homework 124

Step 1 Please view the video

Please view the following video and read the corresponding file on paragraph development.

Paragraph Structure

Step 2 Please read the document below

P. I. E.

Please follow these instructions for writing paragraphs in all your written assignments.

P – Point – Communicate your purpose to the reader by writing a topic sentence that addresses the issue with an opinion based on facts.

-A point is an opinion based on facts, not merely a fact.

-A point is a topic sentence for a body paragraph.

-A topic sentence has two functions:

-It states the point of the individual paragraph.

-It states how the point develops the thesis statement (for an essay).

Example – When faced with hardship, people can use the strength of others to make it through a difficult period of time.

This is an opinion that is based on the fact that many people find help and comfort in others when dealing with difficulty. This topic sentence has an opinion, yet it is based on a fact.

I – Information – Provide outside information to support your topic sentence.

– Information is used to support the point (topic sentence).

– Information is used to make the topic sentence creditable and verifiable.

– Information is data, facts, surveys, observations, individual experience, and published material.

Example – Joyce Butler from Listening Is an Act of Love used the driving force of her children to help her endure long and hard work hours (67).

This information about Joyce Butler supports the point because she used her children as a motivation to help her deal with a difficult time in her life.

E – Explanation – Explain to your reader why the information is relevant to your topic sentence.

– The explanation illustrates to the reader why the information is relevant to the topic sentence.

– The explanation analyzes why the information supports the point.

Example – Joyce’s undying love for her children became her motivation to make it through a challenging time in her life. Looking to others for support and motivation can help people deal with trying times in their lives.

This explanation paraphrases the information and reiterates the point. In addition, it further explains how the information validates the point.

Example of P. I. E. Formed Paragraph

When faced with hardship, people can use the strength of others to make it through a difficult period of time. Joyce Butler from Listening Is an Act of Love used the driving force of her children to help her endure long and hard work hours (67). Joyce’s undying love for her children became her motivation to make it through a challenging time in her life. The motivation of her children helped Joyce stay driven and committed to her labor intensive job. Looking to others for support and motivation can help people deal with hard times in their lives.

Step 3 Please write your response

Once you view the video and read the handout, please write a short 200 word paragraph about an animal. Please use the information you learned about paragraph development to build your paragraph.

Happy Writing,

Prof. L

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When you have completed the assignment, save a copy for yourself in an easily accessible place and submit a copy to your instructor using the dropbox.

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