Structuring A Paragraph: Grammar Review Practice Exercises (page 2)
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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.
- Pizza is more nutritious than you think.
- Is there really a bigfoot?
- Making your bed is easy.
- Riding in the space shuttle
- 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.
- I've invented a robot!
- I rubbed the lamp and have been granted three wishes.
- Did you vote in the last election?
- Babysitting tips for newbies
- Do you dread giving presentations as much as I do?
Practice Exercise: Transitional Words or Phrases
Read the following sentences and insert transitional words or phrases where appropriate. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.
- ______ I started off my morning by removing the bones of a fresh sea bass with my homemade wooden knife.______used a large, flat stone from the stockpile I kept indoors, set it over my fire, and waited for it to get hot.______I began frying my fish.
- ______when I started living in the cabin, it took me nearly 20 minutes to start a fire on my own with flint and sticks.______ I have been doing it for nearly five years, and starting a fire takes less than ten seconds.
- ______I sat at the wooden table thoroughly enjoying my fresh fish, I began thinking about what I wanted to do with my free day.______ I had finished my fish, I had decided what I wanted to.
Practice Exercise: A Successful Conclusion
Read the following paragraph and try to identify what would keep this conclusion from being successful. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.
I really did love living in the wilderness with nature and animals around me. I was at peace with no one to bother me. That day, I had continued working on a large bear sculpture that I had started the week before. I am, however, glad to be back home now after many years. A lot has changed, and it will take some getting used to. It's nice, though, to have people to talk to, instead of just keeping everything to myself. When I was younger, I always loved working with wood in shop class in school, and I had gotten good at it with years of practice. I could make all kinds of sculptures, including the ones I had already done over the years such as a dog, a swan, and a squirrel. All in all, I am sure I will have moments where I'll miss living in the wilderness, but it was definitely time for a change.
1. What you may be doing ten years from now
- Life at 25 is looking better every day now that my career as a graphic advertiser has taken off.
- I'm a millionaire at age 20, and it's a lot harder than I thought it would be.
2. Making a root beer float
- This old-fashioned treat has not lost its popularity and is as easy to make today as it was 50 years ago.
- With a tall glass, a few scoops of vanilla ice cream, and a can of your favorite root beer, you can make a delicious treat.
3. A review of the last movie you saw with a friend
- Movies these days just aren't worth the ten dollars you pay.
- I can always pick an Academy Award winner, and this one has it in the bag.
4. A trip to the Grand Canyon
- It's no wonder that the Grand Canyon is sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World.
- Camping at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is truly an experience of a lifetime.
5. Your favorite music
- If Beethoven could hear this music, he'd turn over in his grave for sure.
- Classical music transcends centuries and will forever.
6. Pizza is more nutritious than you think.
- Not only can you put fresh vegetables on it, but also, it's baked, not fried.
- It contains all your food groups: grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables, and sometimes meat.
7. Is there really a bigfoot?
- Sightings of Sasquatch date back to the 1920s.
- Most scientists consider bigfoot to be a legend that remains unproven.
8. Making your bed is easy.
- Put the tagged side of your pillow into the pocket of the pillowcase.
- Tucking the ends of your sheet in tightly will prevent them from being pulled out.
9. Riding in the space shuttle
- You are one of up to seven astronauts aboard.
- The shuttle launches vertically but lands horizontally.
10. Limiting phone use among teens
- Cellular phone bills are costly.
- Overuse of cellular phones can lead to constant distraction from homework and studies.
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