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Text Production: Constructed Response
Text Production: Apply Revision Strategies
Topic Sentences
Thesis Sentances
Revising Repetition
Using Synonyms
Revising General Details
Revising for Parallelism
Language Skills: Grammatical Relationships
Language Skills: Structural Relationships
Language Skills: Word Choice
Language Skills: Capitalization and Punctuation
Research Skills
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Text Production: Revision

Apply Revision Strategies to Topic Sentences

Because the topic sentence states the main idea of a paragraph, it is the most important sentence in the paragraph. Check the content and sentence structure to make sure that this sentence clearly states the very limited subject.

Wordy phrases, such as "I am trying to show that," "I am trying to write about," and "This paragraph is going to be about," can help a writer organize his thoughts, but they waste space.

Revise the topic sentences below by eliminating the wordiness.

A part-time job seems to me to interfere with studying.
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Consumer Reports magazine helps when buying a used car.
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In this paragraph I am going to show that a good professor enjoys students.
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All handguns should be registered in my opinion.
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Traveling by bus is a good way to see the country.
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I am going to write about how taking a math course will help a person as a manager.
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