Can you write a paragraph with a good topic sentence? Let’s find out!
First, a word about Titles vs. Topic Sentences
A topic sentence has SUBJECT and a CLAIM about that subject. For example, “My cat is wonderful for several reasons” is a good topic sentence.
However, “The reason I love my cat” is NOT a topic sentence.
Why not? “The Reason I Love My Cat” is not a sentence (S+V), it is a noun phrase. Noun phrases make good titles, but they are not complete sentences.
Challenge: Write a paragraph with a good topic sentence
Step 1: Read the following titles:
- The best day of my life.
- A place I would like to visit one day.
- How tablet computers are changing our society.
- Benefits of studying English.
- Why I like a particular type of movie.
- A person who changed my life.
Step 2: Choose one and brainstorm ideas on a piece of paper. Write at least seven ideas.
Step 3: Write a topic sentence (with a controlling idea) for that topic.
Step 4: Use your brainstorming notes and topic sentence to write a paragraph. Make sure your topic sentence guides the whole paragraph.