Revising Paragraphs

Learning Objective

  • Evaluate paragraph construction

Fixing the logic and organization of paragraphs is an important part of the revision stage of the writing process. Since paragraph structure essentially “punctuates” an essay or other piece of writing, if your paragraphs do not make sense, or don’t fit together in a way that makes sense, your reader will have a hard time following your message.

There’s no right or wrong way to revise a paragraph for logic. The sections you just read about topic sentences, logical organization methods, and transitions provide a good roadmap, but there is no formula for fixing paragraphs.

View the hotspots

Take a look at the paragraph below and click the hotspots to see our suggestions for revising it.

See if you can give a hypothetical student some revision advice. Read the paragraph excerpt below and choose the best feedback from the options given.

practice: Revising paragraphs