Unit-1 Writing Paragraphs-1
The aim of this unit is to help you in a systematic manner to write good paragraphs.
Men have cleared away forests to make fields for growing crops. They have moved mountains to make room for roads and cities. They have built huge dams across 1 rivers to turn valleys into lakes, and they have built dykes to push back the sea and create more dry land to live on. Once everyone cheered at the progress that man made in changing his environment like this, but now many people are worried by the problems that such changes can bring. When the Aswan Dam was built across the * River Nile in Egypt, it was meant to help the farmers by giving them water when they needed it. Unfortunately, people did not realise that much of the nourishing food for plants in the river would be trapped by the dam, so the farmers’ crops would suffer. Also, hundreds of kilometres away at the mouth of the River Nile, less fresh water pours into the Mediterranean Sea. This means that the sea will become more salty md fewer fish will be able to live in it. When this happens, people who catch fish for their living will suffer.
[From Govil, M. and Subramaniam V. (eds.) Explorations, Madhuban Educational 1 lBooks.]
Is there a topic sentence in the paragraph? Underline it, if it is there. If you don’t find a topic sentence, state the main idea of the paragraph in-your own words?