Topic Sentences

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Topic Sentences for Paragraphs:

Topic Sentences for Paragraphs Topic Sentence Supports Concluding Sentence

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Every paragraph needs a topic sentence It is usually the first sentence in a paragraph When a paragraph contains a clear topic sentence, the reader will know exactly what to expect, and, therefore, will understand your ideas better

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What makes a good TOPIC SENTENCE? A topic sentence has 2 parts: a TOPIC and a CONTROLLING IDEA Topic : the general subject you are going to discuss 2. Controlling Idea : what you want to say about the topic. The controlling idea makes your topic more specific .

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Topic & Controlling Idea American History was my favorite class in high school for three reasons. American history/my favorite class three reasons why Topic : Controlling Idea :

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A good topic sentence should not be too general or too specific Too general : My high school history class was great. Too specific : I was very successful in my American history class because I could easily memorize the information, I did all my homework, and got A's on all my tests. Just right : American History was my favorite class in high school for three reasons.

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A clearly stated topic sentence will serve two important functions: It will help you, the author, to stay focused on your topic .  (It's a lot easier to write if you know specifically what you are going to write about!) It will provide readers with the tools they need to clearly understand what you have to say. Adapted from: http://www.eslbee.com/topic_sentences.htm

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Let’s Practice Identify the topic and a controlling idea in each of the following topic sentences: 1. Turkish coffee is easy to make if you follow these three steps. Turkish coffee is easy to make if you follow these three steps .

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2. Digital cameras have several advantages over film cameras. Digital cameras have several advantages over film cameras.

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3. Choosing a college will be easier if you consider these three factors. Choosing a college will be easier if you consider these three factors.

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4. A good doctor must have certain characteristics. A good doctor must have certain characteristics .

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5. Fixing a flat tire on a bicycle is easy if you follow these steps. Fixing a flat tire on a bicycle is easy if you follow these steps .

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6. There are many advantages to being bilingual. There are many advantages to being bilingual .

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7. The city of London has many great tourist attractions. The city of London has many great tourist attractions.

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8. Violent video games should be banned for several reasons. Violent video games should be banned for several reasons .

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9. Costa Rica is a wonderful place to go on vacation for three reasons . Costa Rica is a wonderful place to go on vacation for three reasons .

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