Target 6-Writing a Paragraph

In Target you loomed to write your thesis statement. The thesis statement is what

Your essays about. An essay is made up of paragraphs. Each paragraph has a topic

sentence and supporting details

A topic sentence te is what each paragraph is about A topic sentence can come at

the start of a paragraph, in the middle, or at the end. It can introduce a paragraph Or

it can summarize a paragraph

When you made each concept map and outline, you wrote two or three general

ideas in words or phrases Turn those general ideas into a sentence and you have a

for a paragraph. It is important to write a good topic sentence it helps

the reader follow your line of thinking. It makes your intentions clear. A topic sentence

gives your essay clarity

In your concept maps and outlines, cach general idea topic sentence) is connected

to or followed by supporting details. These specific details support your general idea.

They help the reader understand your intentions. A topic sentence with supporting

details gives your essay clarity

Look at these examples

Example 1

A computer is a useful tool for school work. Computers make it very easy to

keep notes and write up school projects. Reference books on computer CDs

make it convenient for children to research their school projects. In addition, the

internet makes research on any subject possible from the comfort of one’s own

home Children can do all this work independently, without asking their parents

to take them to the library or buy expensive reference books for them.

Topic Sentence A computer is a useful tool for school work

Supporting Details-Computers make it very easy to keep notes and write up school

projects

Reference books on computer CDs make it convenient for chil-

dren to research their school projects

In addition, the Internet makes research on any subject possible

from the comfort of one’s own home

Example 2

It isn’t difficult to find out which programs are on TV at any given time. Most

newspapers publish a schedule of TV programs every day. Also, anyone who

watches TV regularly knows which programs she likes and which she doesn’t

like. She knows what kinds of programs each different channel tends to have. It’s

easy for everyone to avoid violent programs if they want to.

Topic Sentence -It isn’t difficult to find out which programs are on TV at any

given time

Supporting Details– Most newspapers publish a schedule of TV programs every day

Also, anyone who watches TV regularly knows which programs

she likes and which she doesn’t like.

She knows what kinds of programs each different channel tends

to have

PRACTICE

Read the following paragraphs. Write the topic sentence and the supporting details

1 Modern technology has given us a tool for controlling the TV programs we see. Most TVs

can be programmed to block certain channels. Parents use this technology to protect

their children from seeing shows that are too violent. Adults can also use this technology

to avoid seeing programs that they don’t want to see.

Topic Sentence:1.1…………………………………….

Supporting Details:1.2…………………………………

1.3………………………………………………….

1.4…………………………………………………..

2 The best thing about TV is that there is a variety of programs. There are news programs

for serious people. There are films and cartoons for people who want to be entertained.

The variety of TV programs needs to be protected, even if that means allowing some of

them to show violence.

Topic Sentence2.1…………………………………………………

Supporting Details:2.2……………………………………………..

2.3………………………………………………….

2.4…………………………………………………….

3 Physical education classes teach children important skills that they need in life. They

teach children how to work together on a team. They teach children how to set a goal

and work to achieve it. They teach children about the importance of looking after their

health.

Topic Sentence:3.1…………………………………………………..

Supporting Details:3.2………………………………………………….

3.3…………………………………………………..

3.4…………………………………………………….

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