Exercise 1: When is a Paragraph?

We know what a paragraph is, so let’s ask a different question: When is a paragraph? More specifically, when are six of them? The passage below looks like one single paragraph, when, in the original, there are six: an introduction, four body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

This exercise asks you to restore paragraph breaks where you think they belong. Remember: paragraphs require unity, and through a sequence of unified paragraphs, we guide our readers through logical phases of development.

Read the passage carefully, looking for natural shifts from one unified set of ideas to another. Break the paragraph into six where you think the original breaks occurred. Most importantly, know why you broke the paragraph where you did.

Dealing with Stress (From Outdoor Emergency Care, 5th ed.)

Use the box below to break up the text into paragraphs. Then check your answer.