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The Hamburger or "Reason" Paragraph -- and the Reasons

The hamburger and reason paragraphs are the same.

Both answer the question, "Why?"

Why does something happen?
Why does a tree need water?
Why do people need to sleep?
Why do people get fevers when they are sick?
Why do I think LeBron James is such a great basketball player?
Why do I think my mother (or father, or teacher) is the most important person in my life?

When you write your three reasons, remember to save the most important for last

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Top Bun (Topic Sentence)

This tells you what's going to be in the hamburger.
For instance, if I write, "I love New York for three reasons,"
the "hamburger" paragraph contains the three reasons

First Reason (Lettuce)

This is background -- or it might be the least important reason

Possible Connectors

Second Most Important Reason (The Tomato)

This is the second most important part of a hamburger

Possible Connectors:

Most Important Reason (The Meat)

This is the most important part of a hamburger

Possible Connectors:

Conclusion - the Bottom Bun

The bottom bun looks a lot like the top bun.
A conclusion can be something as simple as, "Those are the reasons I love New York."