Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Writing topic sentences, part of Writing Research Papers.
…The thesis is prepared.…It is the controlling idea.…The outline is ready.…It shows the order of the paragraphs that will support that controlling idea.…So the next step is to compose a topic sentence for…each of the supporting paragraphs.…The thesis statement gives the main idea of the entire paper.…The topic sentence gives the main idea for each of the supporting paragraphs.…So an analogy would be that the thesis is to the essay,…as the topic sentence is to the paragraph.…
Each tells what follows.…The thesis tells what follows in the essay,…the topic sentence tells what follows in the paragraph.…The topic sentence should not be too broad nor…too narrow and it must be a complete sentence.…The topic sentence is usually, but…not always, the first sentence of the paragraph.…Our homeschooling thesis and…outline show that we will have a major section on flexibility.…The thesis statement is home schooling offers flexibility and…encourages individuality, even though it requires parental obligation.…Based on the outline, that first key point will have three, or…
- Understanding the different types of research papers
- Researching the topic
- Brainstorming your focus
- Developing a thesis statement
- Writing topic sentences
- Composing a title
- Using a style guide
- Formatting your paper
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Examining Types of Research Papers
2. Preparing to Write
3. Writing the Paper
4. Citing Sources
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