Unit 1: What Is a Paragraph? Activity 1: Analyzing the Features of a Paragraph



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Unit 1: What Is a Paragraph?

Activity 2: Analyzing the Features of a Paragraph
Read the paragraph. Then choose the correct answer to each question.
[NOTE: Paragraph indent in paragraph below.]

Shoveling snow is hard work. I know that this is true because I have to shovel the sidewalk and the driveway after every storm. It is certainly easy to work up a sweat after just five minutes of shoveling. I can feel the muscles in both my arms get tired after a while, and I have to take short breaks every five minutes or so. After about forty-five minutes of shoveling, I have to stop because my lower back feels so strained. I know firsthand what hard work it is to shovel snow.


1. What is the main idea of the paragraph?

a. Shoveling snow is difficult.

b. Shoveling snow is good exercise.
2. How many sentences are there in the paragraph?

a. five


b. six
3. What is the topic sentence?

a. Shoveling snow is hard work.

b. I know firsthand what hard work it is to shovel snow.
4. Are all the sentences related to the topic?

a. yes


b. no
5. Is the paragraph indented?

a. yes


b. no
6. What is the concluding sentence?

a. I know firsthand what hard work it is to shovel snow.

b. Shoveling snow is hard work.
Answer Key:

1. a. Shoveling snow is difficult.

2. b. six

3. a. Shoveling snow is hard work.

4. a. yes

5. a. yes

6. a. I know firsthand what hard work it is to shovel snow.



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