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Title: Topic Sentences


1
Topic Sentences
  • What? Why?
  • How?

2
What? A topic sentence is
  • A sentence that starts a body paragraph and tells
    the audience what that body paragraph will be
    about.
  • The most important sentence in that paragraph.
  • Linked to the Thesis Statement

3
Why? A topic sentence is
  • Important because it tells what your paragraph
    will be about.
  • Important because it links the paragraph to your
    thesis.
  • Important because it keeps you organized and
    focused.

4
Where? A topic sentence goes
  • At the beginning of each body paragraph.

5
How to write a topic sentence
  • For the first line of every body paragraph, you
    must have a topic sentence.
  • Look at the thesis, be sure to include the TOPIC,
    the OPINION, and 1 of the Main Points.
  • Create that sentence in a new and interesting way.

6
Equation for Topic Sentences
  • Topic from Thesis
  • Opinion from Thesis
  • 1 of the Main Points from Thesis
  • Saying it in a new way__________
  • Topic Sentence

7
Sample Topic Sentences for Pepsi vs. Coke
  • Thesis Statement Pepsi is better than Coke
    because it tastes better, it costs less, and it
    has a better logo.

Topic Pepsi
Opinion Is better than coke
Main Point 1 It tastes better
  • Topic Sentence for Body Paragraph 1Because it
    tastes better than Coke, Pepsi will always be the
    better choice.

8
Sample Topic Sentences for Pepsi vs. Coke
  • Thesis Statement Pepsi is better than Coke
    because it tastes better, it costs less, and it
    has a better logo.

Topic Pepsi
Opinion Is better than coke
Main Point 2 It costs less
  • Topic Sentence for Body Paragraph 2 Pepsi is
    better than Coke because it costs less.

9
Sample Topic Sentences for Pepsi vs. Coke
  • Thesis Statement Pepsi is better than Coke
    because it tastes better, it costs less, and it
    has a better logo.

Topic Pepsi
Opinion Is better than coke
Main Point 3 Its logo is better
  • Topic Sentence for Body Paragraph 3 The great
    Pepsi logo makes Pepsi the sure winner over Coke.

10
Sample Topic Sentences
  • Thesis Statement Pepsi is better than Coke
    because it tastes better, it costs less, and it
    has a better logo.
  • Topic Sentences
  • Body Paragraph 1Because it tastes better than
    Coke, Pepsi will always be the better choice.
  • Body Paragraph 2 Pepsi is better than Coke
    because it costs less.
  • Body Paragraph 3 The great Pepsi logo makes
    Pepsi the sure winner over Coke.

Topic Pepsi
Opinion Is better than coke
1 Main Point It tastes better
Topic Pepsi
Opinion Is better than coke
1 Main Point It costs less
Topic Pepsi
Opinion Is better than coke
1 Main Point Its logo is better
11
Sample Topic Sentences
  • Thesis Statement Writing poetry is the best
    hobby because it allows for freedom of
    expression, it is a creative outlet, and it can
    be done anywhere.
  • Topic Sentences
  • Body Paragraph 1 Freedom of expression is one of
    humans greatest gift, which is one reason why
    writing poetry is the best hobby.
  • Body Paragraph 2 Writing poetry is such a
    wonderful hobby because it is a creative outlet
    for all people.
  • Body Paragraph 3 Finally, writing poetry is the
    best hobby because it is a hobby that can be done
    anywhere at any time.

Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
12
Practice Topic Sentences
  • Thesis Statement Dogs are better than cats
    because they can protect their owners, they are
    more active, and they are more fun to play with.
  • Topic Sentences
  • Body Paragraph 1 Dogs are better than cats
    because _________________________.
  • Body Paragraph 2 Because ___________________
  • ____________ , they are clearly a better pet than
    cats are.
  • Body Paragraph 3 ___________________________ ,
    therefore, dogs are better than cats.

13
Thesis Statement The most influential scientist
of the 1800s is George Wells Nelson because his
life was inspirational, his advancements in
medicine were unbelievable, and the Civil War
needed a hero like him.
  • Practice Topic Sentences
  • Topic Sentence 1
  • Topic Sentence 2
  • Topic Sentence 3

Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
14
Thesis Statement The greatest person ever is my
grandma because she is always loving, she never
gets angry, and she makes the best cookies on the
planet.
  • Practice Topic Sentences
  • Topic Sentence 1
  • Topic Sentence 2
  • Topic Sentence 3

Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
15
Thesis Statement The Hangover is the worst
movie of our time because it promotes bad
behavior, makes drug use funny, and shows a lack
of respect towards women.
  • Practice Topic Sentences
  • Topic Sentence 1
  • Topic Sentence 2
  • Topic Sentence 3

Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
Topic
Opinion
1 Main Point
16
Thesis Statement Cambodia is a country that
constantly struggles because it doesnt have
enough resources for food, its environment
doesnt help things survive, but its cultural
traditions try to bring happiness to the nation.
  • Topic Sentences
  • Topic Sentence 1 Cambodia constantly struggles
    because of the lack of resources to produce food.
  • Topic Sentence 2 Because Cambodias environment
    does not help things survive, it is a country
    with constant struggles.
  • Topic Sentence 3 Despite the constant struggles
    that Cambodia faces, the cultural traditions
    bring happiness to its people..

Topic Cambodia
Opinion Constantly struggles
1 Main Point Not enough resources
Topic Cambodia
Opinion Constantly Struggles
1 Main Point Environment doesnt help things survive
Topic Cambodia
Opinion Constantly struggles
1 Main Point BUT cultural traditions bring happiness
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Now its time to try your own!
  1. Write your thesis statement.
  2. Color code your thesis statement.
  3. Write out each of your topic sentences and color
    code them.
  4. Check them with a partner to ensure they are
    correct before giving the sentences to me for a
    grade.
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