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

Workout 1 of 0

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.

Please rotate your phone
or switch to PC (recommended)
for better experience

Responses