Topic Sentences Using topic sentences effectively to provide organization and direction in your paper.

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Slide 1 Topic Sentences Using topic sentences effectively to provide organization and direction in your paper Slide 2 Topic Sentences What is a topic sentence? It is the first sentence of a paragraph. It makes a general statement. It makes a claim. It relates to your thesis. It holds the paragraph together on one topic. Slide 3 So, a topic sentence... makes a general statement: Ford mass produced about two million of the Model-T in the 192os. in the form of a claim: Fords mass production of the Model-T in the 1920s allowed many more people to drive who could not afford to before. that holds the paragraph together on that sole topic. Slide 4 Check for understanding Look at your notes and decide what is wrong with this topic sentence? The St. Valentines Day massacre killed seven of Al Capones rivals. Slide 5 Check for understanding Look at your notes and decide what is wrong with this topic sentence? The St. Valentines Day massacre killed seven of Al Capones rivals. It is not a general statement. Slide 6 Check for understanding Needs to be a general statement: Slide 7 Check for understanding Needs to be a general statement: Al Capone was linked to the brutal St. Valentines Day massacre. Slide 8 Check for understanding Needs to be a general statement: Al Capone was linked to the brutal St. Valentines Day massacre. Okay, but what is it still missing? Slide 9 Check for understanding Needs to be a general statement: Al Capone was linked to the brutal St. Valentines Day massacre. Okay, but what is it still missing? Needs to be a claim. Slide 10 Heres what it should look like A general statement and a claim: Slide 11 Heres what it should look like A general statement and a claim: Al Capones involvement in the brutal St. Valentines Day massacre is an example of his ruthlessness towards rival gang members. Slide 12 Transition words You may want to include a transition word to help your paper flow smoothly: Furthermore, Fords new mass production assembly line changed how quickly and inexpensively products can be produced. Slide 13 Remember... Make your topic sentences: A general idea. One that makes a claim (argument). One that relates to your thesis. One that holds your paragraph together around one topic.

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