How to write a basic paragraph

Sunday, April 30, 2017

How to write a basic paragraph A writing lesson for absolute beginners! Here are four very basic rules you must follow when writing simple paragraphs. Learn the basics — capitals, indentation, line spacing, and more. Then take the quiz:


Hello. Do you know how to write a basic paragraph? This is not only for ESL students. This is for everyone around the world, even if you speak English, even if you don’t speak English. This is a very, very beautiful, basic lesson on how to write small, short, beautiful paragraphs. “How to Write a Basic Paragraph”. Now, I also want you to be very careful. This is not how to write a 200-word essay for your university exam. We don’t have enough time in the world for me to teach you that, and I probably forget. So this is, very simply, how to write a basic English paragraph. One, two, three, four rules.

Rule No. 1 is: Indent, indent. What does “indent” mean? Indent, basically, means — I learned this when I was a child — you take your finger. You can have a big finger, a small finger — I don’t care. You take your finger or two fingers, and you make a little space like so. This is called an “indentation” or “indent”. So “indent” means you leave a space at the very first line of the paragraph. And that’s it. You do not leave a space at any other lines in the paragraph, only the first line. So it’s very important that you only indent the first line of your paragraph like so.

Okay. The next thing that you have to do is you have to use a capital letter at the beginning of every sentence. Now, the word that I’ve written is “I”. Another rule in English is that every single time you write “I”, it must be a capital. So I’m going to write an example sentence for you to illustrate what I mean: “I am a teacher.” Okay? This is one sentence.

So rule No. 3: At the end of my sentence, I must use a period. A “period” is a dot, if you’d like. So “I am a teacher.” So what I’m going to do is my next sentence… I’m going to begin it with a capital letter. “My” — so I want to say, “My name — My name is Ronnie.” So what I’ve done: Rule No. 1, indent. Rule No. 2, you have to use a capital letter at the beginning of every new sentence. Rule No. 3, you’re going to use a period at the end of each sentence so that the person reading your beautiful paragraph knows when to stop and take a break. For example, if I did not have a period here, I’d say, “I’m a teacher my name is Ronnie.” You need to break up your ideas. So one sentence has one thought and one period. “I am a teacher. My name is Ronnie.”

Next one. No. 4. I see this in a lot of students’ writing. The two basic things about a paragraph are the form and the content. The form is the most important. The form is the indentation. And don’t use point form. Do you know what “point form” is? If you’re typing something on Word or on an email, “point form” is also called “bullets”, which [makes shooting sounds]. So “bullet” means you would put each new sentence on a new line. So if I was to write this: “I’m a teacher”, then I would put my next sentence here. This is not how to make a paragraph. This is “point form”. So this is a bad paragraph. What I’m going to do is I’m going to write until I almost reach the end of the page. Don’t write past the end of the page because then you’re writing on the desk and it gets messy. So “I am a teacher. My name is Ronnie. I live — so I’m going to use up all of my line until the end — I live in Canada.” What would you like to know about Canada? “Canada is very cold.” In the winter. So as you can see by my example, I only stop my sentence at the end of my paper. I don’t use each sentence on each line.

So four basic things to remember when you’re writing a basic English paragraph. The first one is: Indent the first line of your paragraph only. Use a capital letter at the beginning of each new line or each new sentence. And use a period at the end. Also, don’t forget: Don’t use point form. “I am a teacher. My name is Ronnie. I live in Canada. Canada is very cold. Go to ‘Subscribe’ on YouTube so you can find more great lessons like this.” Goodbye.

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  1. maha yassin says:

    Hello my name is MAHA I'm from Sudan ??

  2. Ageh Mbi Francis says:

    i just love each time i listen to you teach

  3. imamadscientest yeah says:


  4. imamadscientest yeah says:

    3:30 2:10 7:77

  5. imamadscientest yeah says:

    doy u help meh alot

  6. imamadscientest yeah says:


  7. Sanya Chawla says:


  8. Happy Women says:

    point form I mean

  9. Happy Women says:

    can I use the point from in the middle of the paragraph

  10. Guled Ahmed says:


  11. Samira Ghaderi says:

    You are the best. I learn a lot from you

  12. Somil Bisht says:

    Did any1 elese notice that sound at 2:37 ^_^

  13. Abhay Naik says:

    Its very important in our life

  14. thomas t bangura says:

    yesy Sir

  15. Marwa Abdo says:

    thank you miss ranni

  16. sotheana hong says:

    I need essay writer. Please recommend.

  17. necon necon says:


  18. andrew von velasco says:

    That click with her tongue and fart sound at 2:38 was the greatest. I love her

  19. What IS? says:

    keep One idea, It is not Correct Paragraph

  20. Lily-itzae Rojas says:

    Thank you so much!!! I was looking a fun and easy explanation like this one. Thanks teacher. Big hugs from Colombia!! <3

  21. MexicanPenguin says:

    Maybe you girls out there who think this video is true to itself, Your pathetic. I say this because they're basically saying they can't throw or run to them selves.

  22. Ethan Wick says:

    I am crying right now. Someone in my class said I run like a girl.

    Grow up

  23. George Loucadellis says:

    The dislike ratio gave me faith in humanity. No politically correct garbage! TRUMP 2017

  24. MarcusofMenace says:

    when they say "do this like a girl" it is defined as weaker because men are overall stronger than women, it is a fact it is not sexist so don't be triggered you special snowflakes

  25. K Money says:

    Why do you hate your status?   It is known around the world.  America might be a little different but when you get off our shores the real world comes back.  Plus up girls all you want.  The world will show them where they really stand.  American girls live in a fairytale.  The real world can't wait to educate you as to how the real world works.

  26. Charlie Johnson says:

    wow! who made the scrips?

  27. bike life says:

    girls are not strong y'all weak asf

  28. Lord North says:

    the fighting one in the younger one was worst

  29. Swift Bolt Gaming says:

    the feminist

  30. Cutieee Mushroom says:

    one time my teacher say you run like a girl and i say its mean run as fast as you can and my teacher just like feeling deep..

  31. Gbo 87 says:

    This is the worst…. I'm triggered

  32. Ian French says:

    Lol yeah I've insulted girls but not my sister- random kid Sister- did you just assume my gender

  33. Ian French says:

    Maybe because the stereotypes are men are genetically stronger and more athletic and women can resist more pain and being social

  34. Riley Schwarting says:

    All this video has made me realize is that if a boy was being made fun of because he was "crying like a girl" nobody should help the boy because he will grow up to be a rapist. All you should do is get offended because they used "like a girl" as an insult…

  35. Yoyo Manga says:

    I know what the video is about… But physically and I think it's pretty obvious there is a difference between men and girls!! They do the same stuff differently.. No one can change that.

  36. Ben Dawson says:

    I just got autism.

  37. dfg c47 says:

    that is so not true

  38. Dumplin Fox says:

    Guy: you skate like a girl haha
    Me: yea you could to if you skated a little faster

  39. Aidan Walter says:

    Most females are weaker than most males. That is just a statistic.

  40. Gabby De Veyra says:


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