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Topic Sentences

AN outline of the form and function of topic sentences in a paragraph.
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Kate Green

on 13 October 2016

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Transcript of Topic Sentences

Which sentence is the topic sentence?
Many people think that man’s best friend is a dog, but I think it should be a cat. Cats have been pets since the time of the pharaohs in Egypt. They have been found in countries all over the world. We can easily understand that cats have been one of people's favorite pets for hundreds of years. I guess people like cats because they are gentle, friendly and easy to take care of.

Remember!
A paragraph with no topic sentence is no good! If you do not tell the person reading your paragraph what you will talk about, then they will not know what the body sentences are about. Without a topic sentence, the person will be very confused.
Which topic sentence best suits this paragraph?
He collects books that were written over a hundred years ago. But he is also interested in the best sellers of today. If I ever need to get him a present, I know I can always please him by buying him a book.
Which topic sentence best suits this paragraph?
The most beautiful flower is the rose because it comes in so many different colors. Another beautiful flower is the daisy which sometimes grows wild. Spring flowers like tulips, daffodils, and crocuses are also very pretty.
Which topic sentence best suits this paragraph?
First, Canada has an excellent health care system. All Canadians have access to medical services at a reasonable price. Second, Canada has a high standard of education. Finally, Canada’s cities are clean and efficiently managed.
Now, it´s your turn! What would be a good topic sentence for this paragraph?
_____________________________________________First, swimming works every part of your body, even your lungs. Second, swimming does not hurt your joints, so you don´t have to worry about having problems with your joints when you are old. Last, swimming is a lot of fun! Those are the reasons why I think that swimming is the best exercise.
What would be a good topic sentence for this paragraph?
_____________________________________________First, I started sleeping in every day. I would then go swimming with my friends. I stayed up late watching TV a lot, and I went to camp for a week. I wished my summer would never end!
A last reminder!
Remember that you need a space before each topic sentence.

Like this:
I love to go to the beach...

NOT this:
I love to go to the beach...

This space is called an
indent
. You need an indent before the topic sentence every time you start a new paragraph.
Great Job!
Topic Sentences
How to Start a Paragraph
A. Reading is fun.
B. Books are my father’s hobby.
C. My father was a main influence in my life.

A. Don’t you just love spring?
B. The rose is the most loved flower the world over.
C. There are many lovely flowers to consider for your garden.

A. Canada is America´s friendly neighbor to the north.
B. There are three reasons why Canada is one of the best countries of the world.
C. Choose Canada as a great place to vacation.
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