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A paragraph contains a group of closely related sentences, all dealing with a particular topic or idea. One sentence usually states the main idea of the paragraph. The others detail and describe whatever the author wants to say about it.
This assignment has directed study of a sample paragraph to identify details that are related against those that are not. The final activity is to edit and rewrite the paragraph to meet the expected standards of the Common Core. This is a short activity that takes around 20 minutes. I use it early in the semester and teach the MLA format with the final project.