Why should students learn about topic sentences?
A topic sentence is the most important sentence in a paragraph. It tells the reader what the paragraph is about. If you don’t know how to write a topic sentence, your paragraph will probably be confusing. A well-written topic sentence can make your paragraph more interesting.
This quiz is a nice way to introduce topic sentences.
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Sentence starters provide an easy and smooth way of getting students familiar with topic sentences.
Topic sentences are essential for summarizing the main idea of an essay. This worksheet can be used to test students’ understanding of topic sentences.
Understanding topic sentences exercises (PDF)
In this worksheet students practice writing topic sentences by looking at the pictures, thinking about what kind of essay each picture might inspire, and writing an appropriate topic sentence.
Writing topic sentences exercise (PDF)
This is another way to help students understand the function of a topic sentence.
Topic sentences are essential for summarizing the main idea of a paragraph. Paragraphs often have topic sentences supported by three ideas. So in this worksheet students practice writing topic sentences by looking at the pictures and trying to summarize three ideas in one topic sentence.
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This is a useful exercise to help students identify and create topic sentences.
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