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Structuring A Paragraph: Grammar Review Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

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Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise: Write A Topic Sentence

For each of the following topics, write a topic sentence you could put in a paragraph. Then, check out some sample sentences at the end of the exercises.

What you may be doing ten years from now

Making a root beer float

A review of the last movie you saw with a friend

A trip to the Grand Canyon

Your favorite music

Practice Exercise: Write Detail Sentences

Write two possible detail sentences for the following topics. Then, check out some sample sentences at the end of the exercises.

  1. Pizza is more nutritious than you think.
  2. Is there really a bigfoot?
  3. Making your bed is easy.
  4. Riding in the space shuttle
  5. Limiting phone use among teens

Practice Exercise: Unity of Paragraph

Identify any sentences that interfere with the unity of the following paragraph and eliminate them. You may reorder the sentences where necessary. Then, compare your paragraph to the one at the end of the exercises.

I woke up in my cozy wooden cabin at sunrise, hearing the birds chirping outside in the trees. The water glimmered with a deep blue color. I did not have to hunt, gather firewood, or pick up in the cabin. Because nobody lived within ten miles of me, the lake was completely clear and unpolluted. I trotted down the 50 yards to the shoreline, grabbing my raft on the way there. I have assigned things to do for every day of the week so I can keep up with my daily neces sities, and today was a work-free day for me. I arose excitedly because I knew today was my kick-back day of the week.

Practice Exercise: Focus of The Paragraph

Revise the following paragraph to amend mistakes that interfere with its focus. If necessary, you may reorder the sentences. Then, compare your paragraph to the one at the end of the exercises.

I started off my morning by removing the bones of a fresh sea bass I had caught the day before with my homemade wooden knife. When I finished, I used a large, flat stone from the stockpile I kept indoors, set it over my fireplace, and began frying my fish. By the time I had finished, my mind was made up. When I had first started living in the cabin, it took me nearly 20 minutes to start a fire on my own with two sticks. I always loved working with wood in shop class in school when I was younger, and I had gotten better at it with years of practice. Now that I have been doing it for nearly five years, starting a fire takes less than ten seconds. As I sat at the wooden table, thoroughly enjoying my fresh fish, I began thinking about what I wanted to do with my free day.

Practice Exercise: Write a Hook

For each of the following topics, write a hook that will make your readers want to read more. Then, check out some sample sentences at the end of the exercises.

  1. I've invented a robot!
  2. I rubbed the lamp and have been granted three wishes.
  3. Did you vote in the last election?
  4. Babysitting tips for newbies
  5. Do you dread giving presentations as much as I do?
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