Paragraph Structure Review
Sample Exemplification Paragraph:
Many animals get their food in memorable ways.  Consider, for example, the giant robber crab
of the Pacific islands.  This crab likes eating coconuts, so for a tasty dessert it will carry one
up a palm tree, drop it to the ground to crack it open and then scoop out the flesh with a
claw.  The deep-water anglerfish does not have to go to such lengths for its food, despite how
dark it is in the depths of the ocean.  Its long spine comes equipped with a kind of light that
lures fish into its open mouth.  Closer to the surface of the water it lives in, the archerfish gets
its food in an unusual way.  It shoots jets of water at insects on the river bank.  Also an insect
lover, the chameleon is a sharpshooter that snatches up its insect prey in a fraction of a
second.  It waits for an insect to land within range.  Then it shoots out its long tongue and
catches the unsuspecting bug on the sticky tip of the tongue.  Perhaps most remarkable of all
are the python and boa snakes, who can stretch their jaws so wide that even goats can be
swallowed whole.  For example, the rock python holds the goat or deer in its mouth and coils
itself tightly around the animal so that it cannot breathe.  The snake may require several
hours to do so, but it will manage to swallow its meal.  Clearly, the surprising ways some
animals capture their food is a testimony to the imagination of Mother Nature.
   
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giant robber crab
likes eating coconuts carry one up a palm
tree, drop it to the ground to crack it
open and then scoop out the flesh with a
claw
deep-water anglerfish
long spine comes equipped with a kind of
light that lures fish into its open mouth
archerfish
gets its food in an unusual way
shoots jets of water at insects on the river
bank
the chameleon
sharpshooter
snatches up its insect prey in a fraction of a
second
waits for an insect to land within range   
shoots out its long tongue
catches the unsuspecting bug
on the sticky tip of the tongue
python and boa snakes


rock python
can stretch their jaws so wide that even
goats can be swallowed whole

holds the goat or deer in its mouth and coils
itself tightly around the animal so that it
cannot breathe
may require several hours to do so, but it
will manage to swallow its meal.
TOPIC SENTENCE:
MAIN IDEA OF THE PARAGRAPH (OVERALL POINT)
Many animals get their food in memorable ways.
CONCLUDING SENTENCE:(ENDS THE PARAGRAPH)
Clearly, the surprising ways some animals capture their food is a testimony to the
imagination of Mother Nature.    
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