Paragraphing
It's very important to know how and when to use paragraphs in your writing.

Paragraphing

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at paragraphing. Paragraphing is about arranging a piece of writing in order to make it clear and easy to read. The first sentence of a paragraph is known as the 'topic' sentence. It is the main point of, or introduction to, your paragraph. The next few sentences strengthen, draw out, or support, your point, so they must be about the same topic. The final sentence briefly summarises your topic and leads into the next paragraph. Changes of topic, mood, or speaker always mean you should begin a new paragraph.

Paragraphs also make your writing easier to read. Have you ever been faced with a long block of text with no paragraphs? Just looking at the wall of words makes you less inclined to read it. Whereas adding paragraphs means you can have a breather between each one.

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  1. Read the topic sentence. Which sentence would NOT belong in the same paragraph with the others?
    The rain fell in sheets over the mountains.
    When writing fiction, you should always remember that a new speaker deserves a new paragraph - never put the dialogue of two characters in the same paragraph. Mixed dialogue can be very confusing for your reader.
  2. Read the topic sentence. Which sentence would NOT belong in the same paragraph with the others?
    School dinners should be healthier.
    The subject has moved on to breakfast.
  3. Read the topic sentence. Which sentence would NOT belong in the same paragraph with the others?
    The afternoon stretched out, lazily.
    A sudden change of mood or tempo requires a new paragraph.
  4. Read the topic sentence. Which sentence would NOT belong in the same paragraph with the others?
    Deciduous trees grow in temperate climates.
    It is important to remember to stick to your topic in a paragraph. If you wanted to begin writing about the animals which live in temperate climates (such as bears), you would need a new paragraph.
  5. Read the topic sentence. Which sentence would NOT belong in the same paragraph with the others?
    Queen Elizabeth I reigned as Queen from 1558 to 1603.
    Since the topic of this paragraph is Elizabeth's reign, Edward's reign as King does not belong, although it would fit in another paragraph in the same report.
  6. Read the topic sentence. Which sentence would NOT belong in the same paragraph with the others?
    It had been a very long day.
    This sentence, at first glance, seems to have nothing to do with it being a long day!
  7. Read the topic sentence. Which sentence would NOT belong in the same paragraph with the others?
    Bats are amazing.
    The topic sentence, 'Bats are amazing', would be a good beginning for an introduction. Each of the correct sentences in this paragraph would make a good topic sentence for a new paragraph - a report on bats might have a paragraph on how bats sleep during the day and hunt at night, a paragraph on how bats fly, and a paragraph on how bats navigate by sound.
  8. Read the topic sentence. Which sentence would NOT belong in the same paragraph with the others?
    I am writing to complain about the shocking state of the high street.
    If you're not sure whether to start a new paragraph, read your words aloud and see if you can spot the 'natural breaks'.
  9. Read the topic sentence. Which sentence would NOT belong in the same paragraph with the others?
    Making your own chocolate bars is easy and fun!
    Have you ever made anything with chocolate?
  10. Read the topic sentence. Which sentence would NOT belong in the same paragraph with the others?
    Karate is a popular sport with clubs found throughout the United Kingdom.
    The subject has changed from karate to swimming and yoga, and so requires a new paragraph.

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