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The Topic Sentence

January 21, 1999


Rules for Good Topic Sentences:

Topic Sentences:

Introduce the paragraph topic.

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 cats."

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 three good topic sentences about the picture below.


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