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INSTRUCTIONS: Complete each sentence or statement. 1. A paragraph has a ____________________ that states the main idea. 2. All of the supporting sentences in a paragraph are about ____________________. Supporting sentences are all connected to the topic sentence. 3. The first line of a paragraph is ____________________. 4. The last sentence, or ____________________, brings the paragraph to a logical conclusion. 5. The sentences that do not belong or support the topic sentence are called ________________.

INSTRUCTIONS: Read the paragraph and choose the best answer to each question. A Healthy Food Without a doubt, one of the healthiest foods is spinach. Studies have shown that spinach contains special vitamins. Eating spinach can even help prevent heart disease, colon cancer, and other common diseases. Some cartoon characters eat spinach. Eating just one cup of spinach every day will help you obtain many different nutrients and could improve your overall health. Therefore, if you include spinach as part of your regular diet, it will help you maintain good health. 6. What is the main idea of the paragraph? a. Spinach is easy to prepare. b. Spinach is a very healthy food. 7. What is the topic sentence? a. Eating just one cup of spinach every day will help you obtain many different nutrients and could improve your overall health. b. Without a doubt, one of the healthiest foods is spinach. 8. Are all the sentences related to the topic? a. no b. yes 9. Is the paragraph indented? a. yes b. no

10. What is the concluding sentence? a. Therefore, if you include spinach as part of your regular diet, it will help you maintain good health. b. Eating just one cup of spinach every day will help you obtain many different nutrients and could improve your overall health. INSTRUCTIONS: Imagine that you wrote a paragraph about your favorite vacation destination. Now you need to give your paragraph a title. Read each title and decide if the title is a good title or a poor title. 11. Going on Vacation a. good title b. poor title 12. My Favorite Vacation Destination a. good title b. poor title 13. I Am Going On Vacation a. good title b. poor title 14. The Best Vacation Destination in the World a. good title b. poor title

SHORT ANSWER INSTRUCTIONS: Read the paragraph and answer the questions. A Trip to Egypt Mary and Lee are excited about their upcoming trip to Egypt. They have many travel guides and are choosing the best places to visit. They plan to stay in Cairo for a few nights. They want to visit the Pyramids and a few museums. They are friends since high school. They also want to visit the city of Alexandria. They started planning this trip six months ago and are very excited. It sounds like they will have a great time. 15. How many sentences are there in "A Trip to Egypt"? __________ 16. Is the topic sentence indented or not? __________ 17. What is the topic sentence of the paragraph? Write the topic sentence. _________________________________________________________________________________

18. Are all the sentences relevant? Write the one that is not. ________________________________________________________________________________ 19. What is the concluding sentence of the paragraph? Write the concluding sentence.

INSTRUCTIONS: The following sentences are a paragraph, but the sentences are not in the best order. Put the sentences in order and write the letters in the correct blanks. 20. a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. Luckily, his wife found a used one for him. The book arrived just two days later. The ukulele needed some repair, however. John had a hard time learning to play the ukulele. The instrument has a beautiful sound, and he is quite pleased with his new ability to play the ukulele. First, he had to find a ukulele. He practiced two or three times a day and became quite proficient at playing the ukulele. Fortunately, John was able to glue the body, replace two tuning pegs, and restring the instrument. Next, he ordered How to Play the Ukulele from a book company on the Internet.

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INSTRUCTIONS: Identify which sentences show correct or incorrect capitalization and end punctuation. Write "C" for correct or "I" for incorrect. 21. Some plants do not need to be watered very often. ______

22. dolphins are very intelligent animals and love to play, this behavior is instinctual ______

23. hundreds of people attended the concert, which was a great success ______

24. However, being outdoors during a lightning storm can be very dangerous. ______

25. because young children often learn by example, it is important to teach them how to share with others ______