Paragraphs (Part III) – Detail Sentences

Now we’re going to learn about paragraphs in part three detail sentences you can watch the video and use the worksheet to take notes and practice while you listen.

This video is one of four videos that tell all about paragraphs this video is part three detailed sentences before you watch part three. I would recommend that you watch part one that tells what is a paragraph and part two about the topic sentence then after you watch this video part three I would recommend that you watch part four about the conclusion sentence part three of the video explains details sentences now we’re going to talk about detail sentences detail sentences explain and support the main idea sometimes detail sentences give examples sometimes detail sentences give reasons sometimes detail sentences give steps in a process.

Let’s look at our paragraph about Anna. The topic sentence is Anna is an excellent student the detailed sentences are she is intelligent she is responsible Anna always does her homework and she is never late for class do these detail sentences give examples reasons or steps in a process they give reasons they all give reasons that the topic sentence is true they give reasons why Anna is an excellent student why because she’s intelligent she’s responsible and she always does her homework and is never late for class let’s change one of the detail sentences she is responsible will change that sentence – she is so beautiful now does the new detail sentence explain or support the topic sentence so does she is beautiful explain why Anna is an excellent student no it doesn’t so this sentence doesn’t fit our paragraph because all details sentences must explain and support the topic sentence. Let’s change it again she always makes aids what about this detailed sentence does the new detail sentence explain or support the topic sentence so she always makes a z’ does this detail sentence explain why Ana is an excellent student yes it does so this detail sentence fits the paragraph now. Let’s practice detail sentences what we’ll do is read a paragraph and choose one detail sentence that does not belong in the paragraph I’ll read the paragraph aloud people should not drink soda soda is an unhealthy drink it contains a lot of sugar this is why soda is so delicious also soda contains caffeine and other chemicals that are not nutritious for these reasons people should avoid drinking soda question 1 which detail sentence does not belong in this paragraph a this is why soda is so delicious B it contains a lot of sugar or see also soda contains caffeine and other chemicals that are not nutritious pause the video while you choose your answer and will check your answers in a few minutes number two the best pet to own is a fish first fish do not require a lot of space secondly fish are easy to care for finally there are many types of fish that are beautiful large small and exotic so an owner has many choices of which fish to get of course some fish are ugly and strange for all of these reasons fish make excellent pets too which details sentence does not belong in this paragraph a secondly fish are easy to care for be finally there are many types of fish that are beautiful large small and exotic so an owner has many choices of which fish to get or see of course some fish are ugly and strange pause the video while you work and number three children should not play video games first children should be active so playing outside is better than playing video games secondly many video games are violent however many video games are not violent finally time spent playing video games could be spent reading or spending time with friends and family in conclusion many activities are better for children than playing video games question 3 which details sentence does not belong in this paragraph a secondly many video games are violent B however many video games are not violent or C finally time spent playing video games could be spent reading or spending time with friends and family pause the video while you find the detail sentence that does not belong now let’s check our answers question 1 which details sentence does not belong in this paragraph.

The answer is a this is why soda is so delicious let’s mark it out now how do we know that this detail sentence does not belong let’s read the topic sentence again people should not drink soda so all details sentences in this paragraph should explain why the topic sentence is true that means all of the detail sentences need to explain reasons that people should not drink soda sentence a this is why soda is so delicious does not give a reason that people shouldn’t drink soda in fact this sentence gives a reason that people should or might want to drink soda sentences B and C both do give reasons that people shouldn’t drink soda so those sentences belong in the paragraph a does not belong question two which detail sentence does not belong in this paragraph the answer is C of course some fish are ugly and strange now how do we know that that sentence doesn’t belong again. Let’s look back at the topic sentence the best pet to own is a fish all detail sentences in this paragraph need to explain why the topic sentence is true they need to explain why the best pet to own is a fish sentence see of course some fish are ugly and strange doesn’t tell us why the best pet to own is a fish in fact that sentence tells us a reason not to own a fish so that sentence doesn’t belong sentences a and B both do give us reasons why the best pet to own is a fish so those sentences do belong in the paragraph question 3 which details sentence does not belong in this paragraph the answer is B however many video games are not violent how do we know that that sentence doesn’t belong let’s look again at the topic sentence children should not play video games every detail sentence in this paragraph should give reasons that the topic sentence is true so they should give reasons that children should not play video games but sentence B actually give a reason that it might be okay to play video games so B doesn’t belong sentences a and C do give us reasons that children should not play video games so those sentences do belong in the paragraph detail sentences more practice instructions each pair has a topic sentence and a detail sentence label each one number one a the best pet is a dog be one reason is because dogs are friendly is a a topic sentence or a detail sentence and what about B is it a topic sentence or a detail sentence number two a broccoli has iron and vitamin K B vegetables are healthy number three a biologists study living organisms and B one organism biologists study is cells and finally number four a some species of flowers are dangerous B hogweed flowers can burn your skin pause the video while you work now.

Let’s check our answers number one a is a topic sentence B is a detail sentence how do we know this is true because details sentences give reasons or examples that explain that topic sentences are true so detail sentence B one reason is because dogs are friendly gives us a reason that the topic sentence a is true it gives us a reason why the best pet is a dog number two a is a detail sentence and B is a topic sentence why because detail sentence a broccoli has iron and vitamin K this gives us an example that helps explain the topic sentence be that vegetables are healthy number three a is a topic sentence and B is a detail sentence why well the topic sentence a says biologists study living organisms and detail sentence B gives us an example of an organism that biologists study details sentence B says one organism biologists study is cells number four a is a topic sentence and B is a detail sentence how do we know that’s correct let’s look at detail sentence B hogweed flowers can burn your skin this is an example that topic sentence a is true this is an example that some species of flowers detail sentences the end our detail sentences practice for today is complete.

I hope this video helped you understand what a detail sentence is and what it does in a paragraph thank you for watching.