Modes of Development
Paragraphs can be developed in several ways.
Definition: To define is to state the precise meaning of something.
Description: To describe
is to convey by words a mental image or impression of something.
How does x appear to the senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste)?
Explanation: To explain
is to make a statement and then to provide information that makes the
statement understandable and believable.
Narration: To narrate is to relate in chronological order, to tell a story.
Summary: To summarize is to state in condensed form the important points or major events of something.
illustrate is to clarify something using examples. What
generalization can be made about the subject? What specific
information serves as an illustration or example of that generalization?
Analysis: To analyze is
to separate into parts and to examine them in order to determine the
nature of the whole. What are the most important parts of x?
Cause/Effect or Effect/Cause:
To perceive cause and effect is to determine the reasons (causes) for
events (effects) or vice versa--the result(s) first and then the causes.
classify is to separate something into parts and then arrange those
parts into categories based on shared characteristics.
compare is to note the similarities between two or more things.
To contrast is to find the differences. Usually, only one of
these modes is used in a paragraph.
Process Analysis: To analyze a process is to perceive steps or stages and the culmination of those steps or stages.
Synthesis: To synthesize is to combine parts to form a new, more complex whole.
To persuade or argue is to take a stand and to defend that stand
against other ones using logical reasons and avoiding logical fallacies.