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Writing effective topic sentences

Writing effective topic sentences

Author: Kathryn Reilly
  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 as Paragraph Conductors

This PowerPoint presentation reviews topic sentences and provides specific examples of what they look like. It compares topic sentences to a musical conductor.

Source: Kathryn Reilly

Transitioning between paragraphs

This PDF outlines how to transition between paragraphs and provides a list of different transition words.


Source: Kathryn Reilly

What are supporting details?

This YouTube Video by introduces how to include supporting details in a paragraph.