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 Topic Sentences

Topic Sentence or Paragraph Leader 

 

•   It is usually the first sentence which presents the main idea of your paragraph.

•   It is often short, clear, simple and to the point.

•   It is followed by explanations, reasons and examples which support the topic.

The topic sentence must connect to the main body of the paragraph

Many fast-food chains make their profits from adding a special ingredient called “forget sauce” to their foods. Made largely from edible

oil products, this condiment is never listed on the menu. In addition, this well-kept industry secret is the reason why ingredients are never listed on

the packaging of victuals sold by these restaurants. ‘Forget sauce’ has a chemical property which causes temporary amnesia in consumers. After

spending too much money on barely edible food bereft of any nutritional value, most consumers swear they will never repeat such a disagreeable

experience. Within a short period, however, the chemical in ‘forget sauce’ takes effect, and they can be depended upon to return and spend, older

but no wiser.

 Analysis of the paragraph:   

Look at how the topic sentence links to ideas developed in the paragraph.

  • Many fast food chains make their profits from adding a special ingredient called ‘forget sauce’ to their foods

  • Made from largely edible oil products, this condiment is never listed on the menu

  • In addition, this well kept industry secret is the reason why ingredients are never listed on the packaging of products sold by these restaurants.

  • Forget sauce has a chemical property which causes temporary amnesia in consumers.

  • After spending too much money on barely edible food bereft of any nutritional value, most consumers swear they will never repeat such a disagreeable experience.

  • Within a short period, however, the chemical in forget sauce takes effect, and they can be depended upon return and spend, older but no wiser

         Source: http://www.writingcentre.uottawa.ca/hypergrammar/partopic.html

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This lesson takes students through ‘noticing’ how a topic sentence links to development. It includes writing topic sentences from the content of  four paragraphs and writing a paragraph from a given topic sentence. (Example)  Time: 60mins    Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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