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Moving from Outline to Paragraph​

Outlines make you think about the topic and help you to organize your ideas.

Here is an example of how you can take your outline and expand it into a paragraph.

The Formula​

Topic sentence


A. supporting Idea

  1. ​explanation, fact, example
  2. explanation, fact, example​​

​B. supporting idea

  1. explanation, fact, example​​
  2. explanation, fact, example​​

Concluding sentence​

Filling in the Pieces

Topic sentence: Having a job that is close to home is what makes a job great.


A. short distance

  1. ​​fast commute time
  2. ​less gas

​​B. walk or cycle​

  1. great exercise
  2. ​good for the environment

Concluding sentence: An ideal job is near home.

Paragraph in the Essay

Having a job that is close to home is what makes a job great. First, it is a short distance to travel. The commute will save time and gas money. Secondly, being close to work allows employees to walk or cycle. The walk or bicycle ride is great exercise. Moreover, walking or biking to work is good for the environment. In conclusion, an ideal job is near home.