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In writing an essay about the qualities of an ideal teacher, what would be a good topic sentence?

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Before writing your essay, you need to consider your purpose. Is this an argumentative essay or just a description? Ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish. Look back at your assignment sheet or the instructions given by your teacher. These directions will help to answer this question.

After answering this question for yourself, realize the difference between a thesis statement and a topic sentence. They are not necessarily the same thing. The thesis statement is your overall claim or main argument summed up in a sentence. A topic sentence is the first sentence of a paragraph that tells the reader what that paragraph is going to be about (all paragraphs should be about only one topic). Your thesis...

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