ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
Expanding a Paragraph into an Essay
March 7, 2002
Students must write successful essays to pass Level 5 and English 10
An essay, in many ways, is structurally the same as a paragraph. You
can, thus, write an essay by using a well-constructed paragraph as your
Your teacher will illustrate, on the screen, the "how-to,"
using his writing from last week's class as an example.
Essays and Paragraphs: Similarities
Paragraphs begin with a topic sentence; essays begin with
introductory sentences, followed by a thesis (topic sentence for the
Paragraphs contain two to three detailed examples on a single
topic; essays contain two to three paragraphs that give two to three
examples on a single topic.
Paragraphs end with the topic restated in a concluding sentence;
essays end with a concluding paragraph that begins by restating the
thesis (topic) and ends with concluding sentences.
Tonight's Writing Assignment
Take your paragraph from last week's class, on differences between
Canadians and people of your nationality, and expand it into a short
Each of your two or three examples will become a body paragraph.
Add more detail to expand each body paragraph to 75 to 100 words.
Remember to have a topic sentence and concluding sentence for each
Your paragraph topic sentence will become your thesis.
Introduce your thesis sentence in about 30 words. Conclude your
essay by restating your thesis sentence. Add 30 words that conclude
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