What is a Topic Sentence? - Examples & Definition


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The topic sentence is:

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1. The topic sentence will have:

2. In a topic sentence, the topic tells readers

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to check what you've learned about the key components of topic sentences, how to recognize them in writing, and how to construct one of your own.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on the following:

  • Definition of topic sentence
  • Vital component(s) of a topic sentence
  • Purpose of a topic sentence
  • Function of the controlling idea
  • Ability to identify the two aspects of a topic sentence in an example

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge gained concerning topic sentence construction and purpose
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of topic sentences to analyze an example
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as topic sentence and controlling idea

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson What is a Topic Sentence? - Examples & Definition. The objectives addressed include:

  • Understand the purpose of topic sentences
  • Know where a topic sentence is usually located in academic writing
  • Identify the key components of topic sentences
  • Analyze topics and controlling ideas in an example topic sentence
  • Understand why paragraphs require topic sentences