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 Long Hamburger Paragraph This page uses the sentences written for the basic five-sentence hamburger paragraph and prompts the writer to add a description and an example to each reason, cause, effect, result, comparison, contrast or argument to create a detailed paragraph about the subject


Extended (Long) Hamburger Paragraph



To write an effective long paragraph or essay, you must begin with a solid five-sentence paragraph. Expanding it into an extended paragraph is a matter of adding details and an example to the sentences you've already written.

If you're writing about the food, you might want to talk about the types of restaurants. If you're writing about the watersports, you might mention jet skiing, scuba diving, surfing and water skiing.

After elaborating, you need to write a specific example. Again, finding specific examples is another problem students have in writing essays. Specific means one, and you need to discuss one time, one place, one event. If you're writing about food, it might be a restaurant you went to one time where you tried something you'd never had before.

If you're writing about a resort, you might write about the first time you rode a horse or went jet skiing. If you're writing about the negative effects of video games, you might write about a brother or a friend whose addiction to video games caused a problem, like falling grades.


Example of Extended Paragraph

Title



Topic Sentence -- the Top Bun

Type your topic sentence here. Be sure to limit it.



First Reason with Details and Example     

First Reason -- the Lettuce

Background or least important reason

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Details, Quotes or Statistics

In this section, you provide details about the first reason.
It may include the location, a number of restaurants or, in the case of academic studies,
quotes from experts that support your first reason.


First Reason -- Example

This must be specific -- one time, one place, one event.

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Second Reason with Details and Example  

Second Reason -- the Tomato

In this section, give a more important reason, but not the most important

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Details, Quotes or Statistics

In this section, you provide details about the second reason.
Again, it may include the location, a number of restaurants or, in the case of academic studies,
quotes from experts that support your second reason.



Second Reason -- Example

This must be specific -- one time, one place, one event.

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This must be specific -- one time, one place, one event.






Most Important with Details and Example   

Third Reason -- the Meat

This is the most important reason

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Details, Quotes or Statistics



Third Reason -- Example

This must be specific -- one time, one place, one event.

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Paragraph Conclusion

Conclusion - the Bottom Bun

Summarize the reasons in order
Try to end with a strong sentence

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