Essay Paragraph Reading Short


The importance and advantages of reading books are many. In this article we will study the importance of reading classic books, modern books, and vocation books.

Importance of Reading Classic Books

It is best to read the classics of literature. By classics we mean those books which have become recognized for their excellence. Suppose one wants to read a novel, it is best to begin with the works of well-known and established writers. The importance of reading the classics is that one will develop the habit of being satisfied only with the best of everything. Having once read the best, one will disdain to read what is second best.

One of the objects of studying the Ancient is to be able to appreciate whatever is good and wherever it is fond. The study of classics forms one’s taste and judgment. Once this is achieved the reader can be left to himself.

Importance of Reading Modern books

Modern Books are not to be neglected or despised. Modern poetry or novels should, however, be read only after one’s taste has been formed by reading the classics. But books on general topics for getting knowledge and information must be always read. It is to consult reviews of books published in respectable journals. In these days, it is necessary to know a great deal of many things. Books on history, politics, science should always be widely read.

With regard to these, it is wise to consult a teacher or a well-read librarian. Attempt should always be made to get the best available books. One should show some preference for books dealing with the peoples and problems of one’s own country.

Importance of Reading books on Vocation

It has to be remembered that the choice of books in often dictated by the needs of one’s vocation. Everyone must, if there is any desire for self-improvement, read books that convey the latest information on the subject in which he deals. The man who has stopped reading as soon as he begins to earn, may soon find that he has ceased to each according to his growing needs. For specialized knowledge of one’s vocation is sure to increase efficiency and general usefulness.


As in other matter of books, what is good for one man may not be so for another man. Thus no reading could be compulsory prescribed for all manner of men. Surrounded by books as the student is, he is more like to be attracted to those books which on his prescribed course of study than general reading. As one’s interests grow, tastes are more specialized and books are picked up for a variety of reasons not always connected with one’s vocation.

Category: Essays, Paragraphs and Articles

Key words: body paragraph, topic sentence, supporting argument, evidence, authority, citation, examples, anecdotal evidence

Now that you’ve thought through the qualities of paragraphs, it’s time to address the big issue. At university, you are mainly meant to draw the knowledge items of your paragraphs from credible sources and state who those sources are (referencing).This is particularly important in your assignment essays.

Please note that the APA referencing style is used in this workshop.

About academic paragraphs

Academic paragraphs are the body paragraphs of your essay and account for about 90% of your word count and marks. They may also be the structure of short answer questions in other types of writing (e.g. exams).

Academic paragraphs contain the points you want to make with supporting arguments and evidence. These paragraphs use a basic pattern (recipe) you can follow. The sentences in your body paragraphs may include citations from information sources, examples and anecdotal evidence. 

Analysis of the structure of an academic paragraph

Exercise 1: Understanding the academic paragraph

Read the following academic paragraph from a research essay and answer the questions that follow. Use the scratch pads below the questions to make notes and record your ideas.

Assignment essay tasks are set to assist students to develop mastery of their study subject. Firstly, assignment tasks enhance understandings about subject matter. Yang and Baker (2005, p. 1) reason that “to master your learning materials and extend your understandings, you need to write about the meanings you gain from your research”. Secondly, research (Jinx, 2004; Zapper, 2006) clearly demonstrates that students learn the writing conventions of a subject area while they are researching, reading and writing in their discipline. This activity helps them to “crack the code” of the discipline (Bloggs, 2003, p. 44). Thus, students are learning subject matter and how to write in that disciplinary area by researching and writing assignment essays. (111 words/6 sentences)

Exercise 2: Analysing the academic paragraph

Click ‘Start analysis’ below to see how these strategies are working in an academic paragraph.

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