Example

Notice how the writer includes a topic sentence, supporting sentences and a concluding sentence in the following paragraph.

Performing is the stage of group development in which the 'real' work gets done. Dickie and Dickie (2006) claim that in the performing stage the team is highly productive, has a strong identity, high morale and powerful group loyalty. After a tense start our group did to some extent develop these characteristics. This was due to a commitment by group members to focus on the task, which meant we were able to perform as a unit rather than individually. The group adopted a 'let's get it done' attitude which served to increase levels of morale and promote group loyalty. As a result the group was able to work effectively together as a 'team' in the performing stage and consequently completed the task.
  • The topic sentence is red.
  • The supporting statements are green.
  • The concluding sentence is blue.
  • The linking words are underlined.

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