Writing effective topic sentences

Writing effective topic sentences

Author: Kathy Hanley
  1. Review what a topic sentence is and what it looks like.

  2. Explain how to write topic sentences that transition between paragraphs and introduce supporting details.

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to structure a paper and who is confused about how to write effective topic sentences. It will explain how topic sentences help to transition between paragraphs and provide cohesion.

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Topic Sentences

A topic sentence is the key component in any paper you are writing.  Topic sentences are the highway signs of your paper.  They tell the reader the purpose of your paper and they signal in which direction each paragraph is going. 

Introduction Paragraphs need a topic sentence.  This can also be called a thesis statement. 

Every body or discussion paragraph also needs a topic sentence.


Source: Kathleen Hanley

Writing Topic Sentences

Learn more about topic sentences.

Source: Kathleen Hanley