Red is the Topic Sentence 

Blue are the Main Ideas

Green is the 1st Detail

Purple is the 2nd Detail

  Orange is the Conclusion

This example has the elements of the paragraph

labeled and color coded for easy identification.

Example of a Paragraph

            Topic sentence: One of the things that make our country unique

is that we have 50 different states, and the state of Hawaii is

extremely different. Main Idea #1: The first thing that makes  

Hawaii different is its island geography. Detail: Hawaii is the only  

United State that is an island; there are 137 total islands. Detail: Of all

the islands there are eight main ones that people live on. Main Idea

#2: Another feature of Hawaii being special is that it was made

by volcanoes. Detail: Due to some of these volcanoes being active

there may be earthquakes on the islands. Detail: One volcano that is

currently active with flowing lava makes Hawaii’s land size larger

every day. Main Idea #3: The final interesting fact about  

Hawaii is its climate. Detail: Since it is located in the tropical zone of

the Pacific Ocean the weather near sea level is warm all year long.  

Detail: Due to the volcanic mountains there is snow in the highest

elevations. Conclusion: Overall, I see Hawaii as a state with very

interesting features unlike other states.