If you've read enough of my blog lessons, you'll know that I often include three ideas in my main body paragraphs (e.g. firstly, secondly, finally). But what if you only have two ideas? Let's have a look at a "two-idea" paragraph today.
Here's my plan for a 5-sentence paragraph about the negatives of CCTV:
- Topic sentence: there are two main arguments against CCTV
- The first negative: video cameras in public invade our privacy
- Explain more: intrusive, feels like state control, curtails our freedom
- The second negative: cameras instead of police officers
- Explain more: if cameras replace police, we will not feel safer
And here's my 5-sentence paragraph using the ideas above:
There are two main reasons why people might disapprove of the use of video cameras in public places. The first objection is that these cameras invade our privacy, in the sense that we are constantly being watched by the authorities or by private security firms. Many people find this intrusive and feel that the recording of their movements is a form of state control that curtails their individual freedom. The second argument against the proliferation of CCTV cameras is that they are being used as an alternative to police officers patrolling the streets. If this is indeed happening, then it is unlikely that members of the public will feel safer.