What is a 'topic sentence?' How do I write one general sentence about a topic? And than write three or four sentences that add specifics to the description.???? Could anyone give me any examples or...

What is a 'topic sentence?' How do I write one general sentence about a topic?

And than write three or four sentences that add specifics to the description.????

Could anyone give me any examples or insight!

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Actually, a topic sentence is usually the first sentence in each of your body paragraphs. One way to look at it is to consider it an introduction. You will support it with the rest of your paragraph. It should just briefly introduce your topic, as decided by your thesis.

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A good paragraph is composed of a topic sentence, which then is followed by supporting sentences, that are explained by examples, statistics, or statements by authorities.  Then, the paragraph is finished by a reworded topic sentence.  Here is a outline of a paragraph:

Topic sentence

Specific support

Specific support

Specific support

Reworded topic sentence

According to The Practical Writer by Edward P. Bailey and Phillip A. Powell, a good topic sentence has two parts:

  1. a limited subject
  2. a precise opinion about that subject

TOPIC SENTENCE:  The cover photos on magazines look too good to be true.

Supporting sentences then explain why they are so perfect. (Be sure to use transitional words to connect your ideas.)

#1SUPPORTING SENTENCE: Photos are often improved by strategic lighting.  EXPLANATION OF SUPPORT: For instance, direct light on a person's face eliminates any shadows that might make flaws or wrinkles seem worse than they are. (GIVE ANOTHER EXPLANATION OF SUPPORTING SENTENCE #1----------------------------------------------------)

#2 SUPPORTING SENTENCE: Nowadays photos of people's faces can be altered with the aid of the computer.EXPLANATION OF THE SUPPORT:  One way to do this is------------ TRANSITION----EXPLANATION OF THE SUPPORT

#3 SUPPORTING SENTENCE-----(transition) EXPLANATION OF THE SUPPORT-------(transition)  EXPLANATION OF THE SUPPORT

REWORDED TOPIC SENTENCE (=conclusion)

e.g.  If the photos on magazine covers seem too good to be true, they probably are, thanks to technology.

Keep in mind that a paragraph needs UNITY.  That is, be sure all the sentences relate...

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A well-organized paragraph supports or develops a single controlling idea, which is expressed in a sentence called the topic sentence. The first sentence of your paragraph is usually the 'Topic Sentence' and it introduces the main idea to be elaborated in that paragraph. On reading the 'topic sentence' the reader will straightaway know what this particular paragraph is all about.

A topic sentence has several important functions: it substantiates or supports an essay’s thesis statement; it unifies the content of a paragraph and directs the order of the sentences; and it advises the reader of the subject to be discussed and how the paragraph will discuss it.

Readers generally look to the first few sentences in a paragraph to determine the subject and perspective of the paragraph. That’s why it’s often best to put the topic sentence at the very beginning of the paragraph.

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