Strong and Developed Writing
Apply Revision Strategies to Topic Sentences
The topic sentence of a paragraph must be written in a complete sentence to convey the main idea clearly to readers. The simple sentence structure of the first example shown below is the best choice for a topic sentence. Notice how the other three are confusing.
- Cable television has programming that may not be suitable for your children.
- Suitable programming for your children. (This fragment is missing the very limited subject.)
- Cable television provides a variety of entertainment, but it has programming that may not be suitable for your children. (This coordinated sentence structure adds a second idea to discuss.)
- Because people are raised differently and have different values, cable television has programming that may not be suitable for your children. (This subordinated sentence structure adds two extra ideas to discuss.)
Identify each topic sentence that is written in a complete sentence.
Victims of violent crimes. Check answer
Are helped grealy by laser surgery. Check answer
Because people contact their legislators. Check answer
Adventurous people often enjoy bicycling trips. Check answer
Stress aggravates many health problems. Check answer
Martin Luther King's dream. Check answer
Provides services for the poor. Check answer
Nursing care for the elderly. Check answer
Helping adults learn to read. Check answer