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Topic Sentences


Topic Sentence: First sentence in the paragraph; lets the reader know what your paragraph will be about.

      Topic + Controlling Idea

      Your main idea

      Tells the reader what to know, think, or do


Characteristics of an effective topic sentence:

      Not too broad, too vague, or too narrow

      Strong; assertive; sure

      Only states one idea

      Invites development

      Sparks interest

      Considers audience and purpose