English 37 – Best Research Writing Services

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Illustration Paragraph Instructions

Topic: Choose a person, a group of people, a concept, or an event that you would enjoy writing about or have a specific opinion about. Use any 1 or any combination of prewriting strategies to generate topic ideas. There is also a list of suggested topics in your textbook. Your paragraph needs to be at least 200 words.

Attitude/Point: This should be a general statement of opinion about your topic. This general opinion could be something you have observed about your topic and should be what you hope to prove about your topic by using specific examples.

Audience: Be specific in selecting your audience. Who would be interested in hearing your particular opinion on this subject? Who might benefit from hearing it?

Purpose: Why would you be sharing this opinion? To inform? To entertain? To persuade? Choose 1.

Topic Sentence: Combine your topic and your point into a complete sentence.

Brainstorm List of Possible Examples: Brainstorm a list of as many examples as you can think of to prove the truth of the opinion stated in your topic sentence. You must have at least 6 examples on your list. See what groupings the examples may fall into or choose the 3 best examples and make those the 3 required main points for your outline.

Complete each step using the Illustrative Paragraph Prewriting Template and submit this assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 4. 


Outline Guidelines

The following is a 4-step process to get you to a good outline; however, you do not need to type out all these steps (except step 1 which should be completed on your prewriting). This process is what your mind should go through with your topic in order to write an acceptable outline. The only thing that has to be written out is the brainstorm list (step 1) and the actual sentence outline (step 4).

Topic: Liberty University has changed since I was a student there.

1. Brainstorm a list of examples:

    • Prayer groups and church are not required
    • Televisions are allowed in dorm rooms
    • Secular music can be played
    • Superconference isn’t required
    • Take out option from Marriott


2. Group examples into subheadings:

The dress code at Liberty

Food choices at Liberty

The Rules at Liberty


3. Add opinions or observations to subheadings to make complete sentences:

The dress code at Liberty has relaxed.

The food choices at Liberty have expanded.

The rules at Liberty are less strict.


4. Create an outline for yourself to follow that uses the subheadings as main points and the examples as subpoints. (Outline MUST have 3 main points—it does not have to have 4 like the sample—and must have at least an A & a B under each main point):


Topic Sentence: Liberty University has changed in so many ways since I was a student there.


I. The dress code at Liberty has relaxed.

A. Girls can wear pants

B. Guys don’t have to wear ties


II. The food choices at Liberty University have expanded.

A. The Hangar is open

B. The Marriott has take out

C. DeMoss has a food place


III. The Rules at Liberty University are less strict.

A. Secular music is allowed

B. Curfew is later

C. Televisions are allowed in dorm rooms

D. Secular music can be played

E. Superconference isn’t required






Illustration Paragraph Prewriting Template


Step 1: Illustration Paragraph Prewriting & Outline


Directions: Complete all of the elements of the prewriting; otherwise, the content of your piece will not be accurate.










Topic Sentence:


Brainstorm List of Possible Examples: 




Sentence Outline:


Step 2: Illustrative Paragraph Rough Draft




Directions: Write a rough draft that follows your paragraph plan, beginning with your topic sentence. Do not worry about spelling or grammar; just let your thoughts flow. End with a good concluding sentence that restates your general observation or expresses your initial opinion about your subject in different words. It should be approximately 200 words, no less and not too much more.



Step 3: Illustration Paragraph Revised Draft




Directions: Copy your Illustration Paragraph Rough Draft and paste it below, click on “Tools” or “Review” if you are using Microsoft Word, and hit “Track Changes.” This is so your instructor can see all the changes you make. Begin reading through your rough draft and make changes to the content as you see fit. Add more supporting details if needed or delete irrelevant ones that do not relate to your dominant impression. Add transitional words or phrases to help the paragraph flow in a logical order. Then, save the draft with the changes.






Step 4: Illustration Paragraph Edited Draft




Directions: Turn off the “Track Changes” feature.  Copy your Revised Illustration Paragraph Draft (from above) and paste it below, click on “Tools” or “Review” if you are using Microsoft Word, and turn the “Track Changes” feature on. Edit for any spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors. Focus especially on the concepts you have recently studied. Save these changes.




NOTE: Use of contractions (can’t, won’t, doesn’t, etc.) and second person (any form of the pronoun “you”) is strictly prohibited and will result in loss of points on writing assignments.