Paragraph Writing -- Basic Checklist
1. The paragraph begins with a topic sentence that tells what the paragraph is about.  
2. Body sentences give more information about the topic sentence.  
3. The last sentence is either a summary sentence or a conclusion sentence.  
4. Each sentence has a subject and a verb.  
5. Each sentence begins with a capital letter.  
6. Each sentence ends with punctuation.  
7. If the paragraph has any proper nouns, each proper noun begins with a capital letter.  
8. Words are spelled correctly. Use an online dictionary to check words you are unsure of.  

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