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Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 1

Writing Topic Sentences

Mini-lesson

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 2

Topic Sentences

  • A topic sentence is a statement that tells what your paragraph will be about.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 3

Topic Sentences

  • A good topic sentence does two important things.

  • Helps you stay focused on the topic of your paragraph.

  • Helps readers to know what your paragraph will be about.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 4

Parts of a Topic Sentences

A topic sentence should:

  • State the topic

  • Include or summarize ideas

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 5

Example of a Topic Sentence

Topic

Ideas

  • Let’s read a topic sentence and see if it has the two parts.

    • Topic (what you’re writing about)

    • Ideas (what you think about the topic)

A healthy diet includes fruits and vegetables.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 6

Bubble Map to Topic Sentence

  • Look at your bubble map.

  • Ask yourself: “What am I writing about?”

    The answer to this question will be your topic.

  • Ask yourself:

    “What do I want to say about my topic?”

    The answer to this question will be your ideas.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 7

Bubble Map to Topic Sentence

topic

Favorite things to do

at the beach

Fishing

Surfing

ideas

  • What is the topic? What are the ideas?

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 8

Bubble Map to Topic Sentence

Favorite things to do

at the beach

Fishing

Surfing

What are you writing about?

My favorite things to do at the beach

What do what to say about the topic?

Fishing and Surfing

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 9

Bubble Map to Topic Sentence

Favorite things to do

at the beach

Fishing

Surfing

Topic

Ideas

Can you write a topic sentence using this topic and ideas?

My favorite things to do at the beach are fishing and surfing.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 10

Let’s look at an example

Things to do at Waimanalo

Country Farms

Pumpkin Patch

Hayride

What is this bubble map about?

The answer to this question will be the topic.

Things to do at Waimanalo Country Farms

What can I say about this topic?

The answer to this question will be the ideas.

There was a Pumpkin patch and hayride.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 11

Let’s look at an example

Things to do at Waimanalo

Country Farms

Pumpkin Patch

Hayride

What topic sentences could you write from this bubble map?

At Waimanalo Country Farms there is a pumpkin patch and hayride.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 12

Writing a Topic Sentence

Teacher Hints

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 13

Writing a Topic Sentence

  • Give the class a common topic. Some ideas…

    • Journal: My Thanksgiving holiday

    • Language Arts: My favorite character from ___

    • Science: Sources of renewable energy in Hawaii

    • History: Greek goddesses

  • Create a bubble map as a class. Write the topic in the center.

  • Offer a sentence starter. Explain how you wrote the sentence starter. Some ideas…

    • Journal: ___ was the best part of Thanksgiving.

    • Language Arts: ___ was my favorite character from ___.

    • Science: ___ is one source of renewable energy.

    • History: ___ was the Greek goddess of ___.

  • Concentrate on developing good topic sentences.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 14

Grammar Connections

  • Fruits and vegetablesare healthy foods.

  • Find the subject.

    • Ask: “What are healthy foods?”

    • Answer: “Fruits and vegetables.”

    • “Fruits and vegetables” is the compound subject.

  • Find the predicate.

    • Ask: “What is being said about fruits and vegetables?”

    • Answer: “Fruits and vegetables are healthy foods.”

    • “Are healthy foods” is the complete predicate.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 15

Grammar Connections

  • Recessis my favorite part of day.

  • Find the subject.

    • Ask: “What is my favorite part of the day?”

    • Answer: “Recess.”

    • “Recess” is the subject.

  • Find the predicate.

    • Ask: “What is being said about recess?”

    • Answer: “Recess is my favorite part of the day.”

    • “Is my favorite part of the day” is the complete predicate.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 16

Writing a Topic Sentence

Healthy diet

Fruits

Vegetables

Look at this example bubble map.

Ask: “What is this bubble map about?”

The answer to this question will be your Topic.

Ask: “What can I say about this topic?”

The answer to this question will be your Ideas.

Example Topic Sentences:

A healthy diet includes fruits and vegetables.

(Topic) (Ideas)

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 17

Let’s look at an example.

A topic sentence is like a map that tells your reader where your paragraph is going.

  • Read this sentence. Can you guess what the paragraph will be about?

  • A healthy diet includes fruits and vegetables.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 18

What is the paragraph about?

A healthy diet includes fruits and vegetables.

(Topic) (Ideas)

  • The paragraph might be about…

    • different fruits and vegetables

    • why fruits and vegetables are healthy

    • the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 19

Let’s look at an example.

A topic sentence is like a map that tells your reader where your paragraph is going.

Now, try the next example with a partner. What do you think a paragraph with this topic sentence will be about?

The pumpkin patch and hayride are two fun activities at Waimanalo Country Farms.

Writing topic sentences mini lessonSlide 20

Writing a Topic Sentence

Things to do at Waimanalo

Country Farms

Pumpkin Patch

Hayride

The pumpkin patch and hayride are two fun activities at Waimanalo Country Farms.

  • The paragraph might be about…

    • activities at Waimanalo Country farms

    • the pumpkin patch and hayride

    • why Waimanalo Country Farms was fun.


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