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How to Write an Awesome Topic Sentence: The Video Edition

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Note: Some of my products have some “out there” ideas. Make sure to look at the preview before purchasing. Everyone's classroom is unique and while these lessons work within my classroom, that may not be the case in another’s room.

Many teachers or parents can sympathize with the following comment by their students or child when it comes to writing a paper: "I don't know how to start it." In my experiences, my students can give me plenty of evidence and reasoning details to support an idea; but getting the ball rolling is another game altogether.

In short, a topic sentence is a sentence that provides the central idea of a paragraph. 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

This course is intent on helping you create a well-rounded topic sentence to properly begin a a cohesive paragraph.

This course will guide you through eight distinct strategies, which can be utilized when crafting a topic sentence. It is taught through a series of short lectures, which include printable files (pdf file included) if you choose.

Note: It is up to the educator how this resource may best fit their classroom structure. This video can be used on a Smarboard for the students to view as they would the teacher; or the video may be uploaded to a smart device for students to use individually as a introductory or review resource.

Overall, the course has four sections:

a. review and first practice

b. putting it all together topic sentence practice

c. simple quiz (pp. 32 - 40 of pdf file)

d. A final topic sentence writing used in correlation with the puzzler and platforming game, Braid, by Jonathon Blow. I have talked with the game's creator, who has given me the green light to utilize my play through clips in correlation with the educational activities I create.

Included in the video lecture →
♦ Total Video Time 1:23:55
♦ Discussions for each of the eight strategies included in the pdf file
♦ The Braid Experience extension topic sentence activities (complete with embedded game play videos)

Included in the pdf file guide→
Page 3: Terms of Use
Page 4: Core Standards Met
Page 5: What Is a Topic Sentence?
Pages 6 – 13: Posters of Topic Sentence Options
-Use Quotations of an Expert
-Why-What Words
-Make a List
-Use Numbers
-Use an Infinitive
-Word Pairs
-Combine Two Ideas
-Yes, But Words
Pages 14 – 31: Topic Sentence Activities
Pages 32 – 40: Assessment
Page 41 - 72: The Braid Experience Topic Sentence Writing
Page 73: References

Note: If you'd prefer just the pdf version (which does not include the Braid Experience writing portion), it can be found in my store below:

Link-How to Write an Awesome Topic Sentence!

If you have a very difficult time in starting your paragraph writing; you're always thinking to yourself "How do I start this paper?", then this course may be just what you need to get over that stumbling block in the writing process.


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