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Pre-Reading: Finding the Building Blocks

Reading is made up of words, sentences, and paragraphs. These are the building blocks of reading.

Before you begin reading, you need to find the beginning, middle, and end of paragraphs. You need to examine how a paragraph is put together.

Pre-Reading: Paragraphs

Reading is made up of paragraphs. A paragraph is a group of sentences. Paragraphs tell you a complete set of thoughts.

Here is an example of a paragraph:

Victor likes playing baseball. His team is called “The Rockets.” Last weekend, his team played in the park. Victor led The Rockets. He assigned batting order. Though The Rockets won, it wasn’t by a lot! Victor felt happy that his team won, but he was delighted just to play. When the game ended, he wished he could continue playing.

Look at the first page of what you will be reading on your own. Locate the first paragraph.

  • Find the first sentence.
  • Find the last sentence.
  • How many sentences are in the middle?
  • How many sentences are in the whole paragraph?

You’ve seen that a paragraph has a beginning, middle, and end. Understanding more about paragraphs will improve your reading comprehension.

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