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Topic sentence

The topic sentence is a primarily prescriptive grammatical term to describe the sentence in an expository paragraph which summarizes the main idea of that paragraph. It is usually, but not always, the first sentence in a paragraph. The topic sentence acts as a kind of summary, and offers the reader an insightful view of the writer’s main ideas for the following paragraph. More than just being a mere summary, however, a topic sentence often provides a claim or an insight directly or indirectly related to the thesis. It adds cohesion to a paper and helps organize ideas both within the paragraph and the whole body of work at large.

Its use is considered standard in the American educational system and most venues of writing mainly because it increases reading accessibility.

A topic sentence (also known as a focus sentence) encapsulates or organizes an entire paragraph, and a writer should be careful to include one in most major paragraphs. Although topic sentences may appear anywhere in a paragraph, in academic essays they often appear at the beginning.

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Question:I need topics to write about for my fundamentals of English on Cause-Effect paragraph. Its only suppose to be a paragraph so nothing thats going to require it being too long.. Please and Thanks!

Answers:Basically you're writing "if this happens, it causes this to happen". An easy topic would be why getting a better education would be beneficial to you. To put it into cause-effect, "Going to college and getting a degree would enable a person to have a much higher quality of life by granting them more job opportunities and more opportunities to advance at their jobs". From there on you just make more support and more 'effects' from the main 'cause'.

Question:Okay so the jist is that I have to write a five paragraph essay. 1. Introduction 2. Body Paragraph One 3. Body Paragraph Two 4. Body Paragraph Three 5. Conclusion My subject is under an event and that is my summer vacation to California. Firstly, I just want to know if this topic is too broad? I want to be able to get into detail as much as possible, as so the teacher says... What I need help is what should the 3-part body be about? She implies when writing in the body, it has to be in detail to the 5 senses. Touch, sight, hear, smell and taste. Plus I even have to come up with a good thesis statement also. I'm kinda stumped on getting ideas. Any suggestions?

Answers:You most definitely have to narrow down what you mean by "summer vacation to California". What did you do there? How long was the journey? What'd you see on the way? When you were there, how was the weather? Were the people nice? Did you have any problems/troubles? Anything interesting or out of the ordinary happen to you? All of those questions can be used for one of the paragraphs, and you would just elaborate on it. Also, try to make it chronological...journey/road trip (if you did that) on the way there, things you saw/did, what did you do once you were there, was it fun, activities, etc etc, then for your conclusion summarize what you've learned from this experience, etc....Just try writing with some basic plan, and I promise you, just think hard, and the words will flow.

Question:Can u plz give techniques abouty how to write a topic sentence ? << Examples >> I have many phragraphs to write a topic sentence for ....

Answers:The topic sentence is often the first or second sentence of the paragraph. It is a grammatical term to describe what is usually, but not always, the first sentence in a paragraph. The topic sentence acts as a kind of summary and tells the reader what the paragraph is about. For example. Wolves are related to dogs in many ways. That might be a topic sentence for a paragraph that will discuss the similarities between wolves and dogs. Hope this little explanation helps.

Question:For my 9th grade english class we must write a narrative paragraph. I know what a narrative is, and im a pretty good writer, i just can't seem to grasp the concept of getting a whole narrative idea into one paragraph. Does anyone have any ideas of topics that would be good for this ? thanks (:

Answers:just because it's narrative, it doesn't have to be long describe a shopping trip, or a trip to a ballgame, or to the beach think of it as a summary--not every detail that happened

From Youtube

Writing Lessons : How to Teach Paragraph Writing :When teaching paragraph writing, help students brainstorm in order to format a topic sentence, supporting details and a conclusion. Learn the definition of a paragraph with tips from a credentialed teacher in this free video on writing lessons. Expert: Laura Minnigerode Contact: www.youngwritersworkshops.com Bio: Laura Minnigerode is a writing instructor and former classroom teacher. Filmmaker: Todd Green

descriptive paragraph :This video is for the writing courses that I am currently teaching. It demonstrates how to quickly find and then copy and paste a descriptive paragraph into google docs. The next video in this series will feature a demonstration on how to "substantially transform" a topic sentence to use in your own paragraph.