The East Gaston Six-Point Paragraph


Developed by Mrs. McDaniel, the six-point paragraph is the standard paragraph at East Gaston and gives you a clear idea of what the readers on the Tenth Grade Writing test will be looking for in the individual paragraphs in your essays.

Each paragraph is about a separate topic. Every sentence in the paragraph should be related to the topic.

The Format
Sentences should flow well into one another without numbering; the numbers here should not be a part of your paragraph.

1) The Topic Sentence, which lets the reader know what the paragraph will be about

2) Detail 1: your first detail about the topic
3) Commentary on detail 1: specifics related to the detail, elaboration on the information

4) Detail 2: the second detail about the topic
5) Commentary 2: specifics related to the detail, elaboration on the information

6) Clincher: a final sentence that wraps up the paragraph, provides transition to the next paragraph, or gives a smart "punch to the topic," ideally something memorable to the reader