Anatomy of a Paragraph - Oakton Community College

Anatomy of a Paragraph - Oakton Community College

Structure of a Support Paragraph EGL 101 Function of Support Paragraphs

To provide support for the thesis of your essay Parts of a Support Paragraph Topic Sentence Support Point Details

Constructing a Support Paragraph First, write your topic sentence. A Topic Sentence . . . expresses your attitude, idea, feeling, opinion, or point of view about a paragraphs limited topic.

The filmmakers use of light and shadow to convey a sense of imprisonment is subtle but effective. Constructing a Support Paragraph Second, write your support point. A Support Point is . . .

a sentence that previews the detail that follows. We are introduced to the artistry of this technique when ushered into Ricks Caf Americain for the first time, about 7 minutes into the film. Constructing a Support Paragraph Third, add your details.

Details . . . exemplify or illustrate the point you want to make about the limited topic. It is night, and, for a moment, the camera focuses on the neon sign above the club; it blazes Ricks Caf Americain. Then the camera pans

down to the front entrance as a beam of light sweeps across a set of double doors. The light source is from the airport tower about a quarter-mile from the club. Ostensibly, it is supposed to serve as a beacon for incoming aircraft. In fact, it functions as a searchlight from atop a guard tower. So, instead of scanning the skies for approaching airplanes, it is sweeping the streets for anyone who may be trying to escape the compound known as Casablanca.

A Constructed Support Paragraph The filmmakers use of light and shadow to convey a sense of imprisonment is subtle but effective. We are introduced to the artistry of this technique when ushered into Ricks Caf Americain for the first time, about 7 minutes into the film. It is night, and, for a moment, the camera focuses on the neon sign above the club: it blazes Ricks

Caf Americain. Then the camera pans down to the front entrance as a beam of light sweeps across a set of double doors. The light source is from the airport tower about a quarter-mile from the club. Ostensibly, it is supposed to serve as a beacon for incoming aircraft. In fact, it functions as a searchlight from atop a guard tower. So, instead of scanning the skies for approaching airplanes, it sweeps the streets for anyone who may be trying to escape the compound known as

Casablanca.

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