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Topic Sentence

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Jeffrey Ortiz

on 24 August 2014

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Transcript of Topic Sentence

"Who's driving?"

Only
one
sentence

Always the
first
sentence in the paragraph

Declares the purpose of the paragraph

Plays several important roles in the paragraph


"Where are we going?"
A good topic sentence provides an accurate indication of what will follow in the rest of the paragraph.

A topic sentence gives the paragraph direction.

The same topic can be steered in a number of different directions according to the author's stance.
"Did we pack everything?"
A good topic sentence contains both a topic and a controlling idea or opinion.

Topic
: the main idea or subject that the writer is discussing.


Controlling Idea
: the writer’s specific stance on that subject.
"Can you read this map?"
A good topic sentence is clear and easy to follow.
"What are the major cross streets?"
A good topic sentence does not include supporting details.
"What's on the radio?"
A good topic sentence engages the reader by using interesting vocabulary.
Success!
The Topic Sentence
Keeping Your Paragraph
on Track

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Some of the material in this presentation comes from "Writing for Success," written by Scott McLean and adapted by The Saylor Foundation (http://www.saylor.org/books), which is licensed under
Some Topic Sentence Basics
"In general, writing an essay, thesis, or other academic or nonacademic document is considerably easier and of much higher quality if you first construct an outline, of which there are many different types."
"Tourists with maps #2" by Ed Yourdon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/) is licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/
"Salaries should be capped in baseball for many reasons, most importantly so we don’t allow the same team to win year after year."
"cart before the horse" by Robyn Jay https://www.flickr.com/photos/learnscope/ is licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/
"The
appalling
lack of resources provided to the military is
outrageous
and requires our
immediate
attention."
For example,
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