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Title: topic sentence


1
WRITING A TOPIC SENTENCE
2
PREPARATION
  • Before you can write a topic sentence, you must
    decide what you want to say and what you don't
    want to say in your paragraph.
  • explore your starting topic
  • select your limited topic
  • make a statement about the limited topic

3
  • Keep these points in mind
  • A starting topic is usually broad, stimulating
    many ideas.
  • A limited topic is narrow, connecting a few
    selected ideas.
  • A topic sentence makes a statement about the
    limited topic.

4
EXAMPLE
  • Starting topic Football
  • Limited topic 
  • The role that football has played in my education
  • Topic sentence 
  • If it hadn't been for football, I might never
    have taken school seriously

5
NOTE
  • A topic sentence is always a complete sentence
    expressing an idea about the limited topic.
  • It is not a title (What football means to me)
  • OR an explanation of the writer's plan (I am
    going to tell you about the role football played
    in my education.)

6
EXERCISE
  • Limited topic how to train a cat.
  • This paragraph is about how to train a cat.
  • Before a cat learns anything, it first teaches
    its owner a lesson in humility.
  • Everything you wouldn't have thought to ask about
    training a cat.
  • Training a cat takes physical stamina.
  • Animal training is a complicated subject.

merely announces the writer's plan
is a title and not a complete sentence
too general
7
  • Limited topic scuba diving
  • The excitement of scuba diving.
  • My childhood fascination with scuba diving.
  • It is very interesting to experience scuba
    diving.
  • The sport of scuba diving has always excited me.
  • Since I was a child, I've been fascinated by
    scuba diving.

not complete sentences
relies on the vague word "interesting."
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