5.1 In-class: Main body vs Introduction Paragraph Structure [Gold, The Intelligence of Corvids] Copy

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5.1 In-class: Main body vs Introduction Paragraph Structure [Gold, The Intelligence of Corvids] Copy

Types of paragraphs within a passage

Task 1: Look over the paragraphs below. For each paragraph define the following:

  • Type of paragraph (introduction, main body paragraph, conclusion)
  • The sentence that presents the topic sentence or thesis statement
  • What is the main purpose of the paragraph?

Paragraph 1

[1]. Gold, a precious metal, is prized for two important characteristics. [2] First of all, gold has a lustrous beauty that is resistant to corrosion. [3] Therefore, it is suitable for jewelry, coins and ornamental purposes. [4] Gold never needs to be polished and will remain beautiful forever. [5] For example, a Macedonian coin remains as untarnished today as the day it was made 25 centuries ago. [6] Another important characteristic of gold is its usefulness to industry and science. [7] For many years, it has been used in hundreds of industrial applications, such as photography and dentistry. [8] The most recent use of gold is in astronauts’ suits. [9]. Astronauts wear gold-plated heat shields for protection when the go to outside spaceships in space. [10]. In conclusion, gold is treasured not only for its beauty but also for its utility.

Paragraph 2

[1]. For hundreds of years humans thought that tool making was a uniquely human trait. [2]. In 1960, Jane Goodall observed chimpanzees using tools in the wild, a discovery to which Goodall’s mentor Louis Leakey famously responded, “We must redefine tool, redefine man, or accept chimpanzees as human.” [3] It is now commonly accepted that various primates engage in tool making, and there is a growing body of evidence that many corvids, a group of bird species that includes crows, jays, ravens, and magpies, are also tool makers, and that they show many other signs of possessing high intelligence.

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