6 - Information Paragraph



There are two different types of Information Paragraphs that you will be asked to write on the OSSLT.


The first type of Information Paragraph will ask you to respond to a topic from one of the reading passages.  In this case, your answer must include information from the reading passage. It is, therefore, an Author and Me type of question.


The second type of Information Paragraph will ask you to respond to a writing prompt that has nothing to do with any of the readings.  This is an On My Own type of question.  In other words, you gather information from your own background knowledge and experience. You donít have to worry about connecting to a reading passage.


But - there is something that both of these paragraphs have in common.


They both follow the same formula.


Opening Sentence. _______ _____ ______ _____ ______. _______ _____ _____. Supporting Detail _______ _____ ______ _____ ______.  _______ _____ . Supporting Detail _______ ____ ______ _____ ______. _______ _____ ______ _____ ______ ______ _____. Concluding Sentence _______ _____ ______ _____ ______.




Activity Section


Hereís another way to look at it:


GO = Opening Sentence: The sentence that tells what the paragraph will be about.

CONTINUE = Supporting Sentences: These sentences add details to the topic sentence.


STOP = Concluding Sentence: This sentence closes the paragraph.  It tells the reader that the paragraph is finished







Now go to 6.1 Guided Practice to practice this formula by unscrambling a paragraph