To develop a paragraph by giving details, create a main idea for the paragraph and then add detailed examples in order to enhance the paragraph. All paragraphs should have a main idea that is stated in the topic sentence and then surrounding sentences that help to build on that main idea.
Paragraphs should be between three to eight sentences long, with five sentences being the average paragraph length. Any writer who writes a paragraph with fewer than three sentences is most likely not adding enough detail to the paragraph. Any writer who writes a paragraph with more than eight sentences is most likely saying too much and should add create a second paragraph instead.
There are three main parts of a body paragraph. The first is the topic sentence, which should have a specific point and a specific attitude or feeling to it. Then, the body of the paragraph needs to be able to develop and expand upon the initial topic sentence idea. The third part is the closing sentence, which should let the reader know what the main idea of the paragraph was once again while expanding on the meaning of the sentence and its importance. The closing sentence can also be used as a transition sentence to lead readers into the next paragraph.