January 20, 2000
Rules for Good Topic Sentences
Introduce the paragraph topic and limit
it to what can be written in a single paragraph. Are the most
general and most important sentence.
Contain controlling ideas (ideas that
will be explained, defined, clarified or illustrated in the sentences
which follow the topic sentence)
Are never just a fact. "I came to Canada
in 1993." is a simple fact.
With personal opinion only are weak.
Avoid the use of "I like" and "I think." E.g. "I like dogs better than
The Best Topic Sentences:
Contain a "provable" opinion using
facts from reliable sources.
May also state an "intent." E.g. "The
seven steps to making a good spaghetti sauce, one with the finest
aromas, will be explained in detail here."
Write five good topic sentences for a 100 word paragraph on the
subject, "Vancouver weather."
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