How many times have you been on a train? I’ve always thought that I’ve been on a train once in my whole life. Or I guess that would be twice if you considered the return trip as well.
But now I know that I actually have been on trains so many times that it’s too hard to count all of those times!
I recently read a part of a book that described paragraphs in a really cool way. I liked the way that the author compared paragraphs to trains.
As I thought about it, it really is kind of true. A paragraph is like a train.
The topic sentence is the engine. Without the topic sentence, there would be nothing to write about in the paragraph, the paragraph couldn’t go anywhere. Similarly, without the engine, the train can’t go anywhere either.
Then there’s the body. The body is everything that comes with the engine, the topic sentence. Those are all the train cars that follow the engine part of the train. Inside those train cars, there are all sorts of different kinds of goods and all different kinds of people.
Those are the descriptive parts of the paragraph that describe the topic sentence more.
Finally, there’s the closing sentence. This is the caboose. It is all the way in the back and it sums up the whole train. That’s what the closing sentence is.
And that is how a paragraph is so much like a train. :)
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!
Click on the picture below to get a better view of the paragraph train!