How to Write an Awesome Topic Sentence | 123Read&Write

To create an engaging topic sentence is paramount to writing a solid paragraph. For a topic sentence to be correct it should . . .

a. state the topic

b. state a specific feeling about the topic

To help you in creating a great topic sentence, try the following strategies offered in this article.

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Use Quotations of an Expert

A great way to start a paragraph can be to use a quote of someone who knows a great deal about the subject.

Even though my older brother drives me nuts sometimes, Michael J. Fox seems to understand the importance of family when he said, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

Why-What Words

Subordinating conjunctions are “why-what” words, which can show how ideas are connected. Examples of “why-what” words include:

a. Before

b. After

c. When

d. Since

e. As

f. If

Before you tell someone what you feel, make sure that you understand their point of view, as well.

Make a List

While not my favorite way of starting a paragraph, at times, one can list the items a paragraph will talk about.

Swimmingbiking, and running are all components of endurance races called triathlons.

Use Numbers

Often times, topic sentences can utilize number words to explain what the paragraph will be about.

There are three things I dislike about getting up early in the morning.  

Use an Infinitive (to + a verb)

By using an infinitive to within your topic sentence, it helps the reader understand why the information in the paragraph is important.

To offer help to someone in need is one of the kindest things a human being can do.

Word Pairs

Correlative conjunctions (word pairs) can often assist in creating an organized topic sentence. Examples of “correlative conjunctions” include:

a. if . . . then

b. whether . . . or

c. either . . . or

d. both . . . and

If you’re going to be the best guitar player in the world, then you better practice every day.

Combine Two Ideas

Within your topic sentence, you can combine two ideas (independent clauses) by utilizing a comma and coordinating conjunction (but, or, and, yet, etc.)

The concert was so much fun, but I think I’m going to have a hard time hearing tomorrow.

Yes, But Words

Subordinating conjunctions (yes, but words) can show how two ideas differ in your topic sentence. Examples of “yes, but” words include:

a. Whether

b. Even if

c. Although

d. Unless

Unless the weather improves, our baseball game will be cancelled.

You Give It a Go

Use the topic of sharks and create two different topic sentences. Make sure to use two different strategies offered in this article.



Reference: Kemper, Dave, Patrick Sebranek, Chris Krenzke, and Verne Meyer. Write Source. Orlando, FL.: Great Source, 2012. Print.