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Paragraph Styles

There are two major ways to style paragraphs.

Print Style

Internet Style

          This is an example of "Print Style". It’s probably the style that you’re used to. Notice that I have indented the first line of each paragraph by a full .5 inch.
          When I start a new paragraph, I indent the first line. However, I never skip a line between paragraphs.
          This style is common in books and other printed materials. But we are not going to use this style in this class. In this class, we are going to use "Internet Style."

On the internet, most people do not indent the first line of their paragraphs. Instead, they start
the paragraph all the way at the left margin. You will notice, for example, that in this paragraph, I have not indented the first line.

However, I do skip a line between paragraphs. See how I did that? I skipped a line when I wanted to start a new paragraph, but I did not indent the first line of my new paragraph.

This style looks good on a webpage. It's the style we're going to use in this class—for everything. In my class, all your writing assignments should be done in "Internet Style."

Key Point:

For my class, always use internet-style paragraphs. (That is, skip a line between paragraphs, but do not indent the first line of each paragraph).

I never want to see print-style paragraphs. If you indent your paragraphs or fail to skip a line, I will grade you down for not following these instructions!

 

To skip a line between paragraphs, hit the Enter key twice.

Instructions for the Quiz

Write two short paragraphs about your favorite sport. (Each paragraph should be at least three sentences.) Format these paragraphs in internet style!

Note: In the previous lesson, I explained that, as a general rule, I give you one point for every ten words that you write. While this rule is generally true, there are many exceptions.

This quiz is a good example of one of those exceptions. For this particular quiz, I don't care how many words you write! And I'm not going to give you more points, just because you give me a wordy answer.

For this quiz, I care about only one thing: Do you understand the difference between "Print Style" paragraphs and "Internet Style" paragraphs? (And do you understand that—from now on—I only want to see internet-style paragraphs, and I never want to see print-style paragraphs?)

Compare the following answers:


    Explanation

Good Answer

I like running. I started running last year because I wanted to lose weight. My goal is to run a 10-minute mile by the end of this year.

Okay, if I'm being honest, the truth is that I hate running. I hate feeling out of breath! But I know that running is good for me, so I force myself to go running every morning.

This answer is good because the student has done exactly what I asked. They skipped a line between paragraphs, and they did not indent the first line of each paragraph.

This answer is worth a full 10 points.

Bad Answer

         I like running. I started running last year because I wanted to lose weight. My goal is to run a 10-minute mile by the end of the year.
         Okay, if I'm being honest, the truth is that I hate running. I hate feeling out of breath! But I know that running is good for me, so I force myself to go running every morning.

This student wrote the exact same thing, but they didn't follow instructions!

This answer is worth 0 points.

Are you ready to start writing?

Quiz