Paragraph Writing Strategy: Topic Sentences

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Why are we learning the Paragraph Writing Strategy?
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1. It will help me write better paragraphs. 2. Writing better paragraphs will help me communicate clearly. 3. The Ohio Department of Education states that I must be able to write appropriately.
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What are the three parts to a paragraph?
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Introduction Body Conclusion
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What types of sentence is found in the introduction?
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topic sentence
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What types of sentences are found in the body?
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detail sentences
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What types of sentence is found in the conclusion?
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clincher sentence
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What is a topic sentence?
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Usually the first sentence in a paragraph that introduces the main idea and sometimes introduces the details.
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What the purpose of the topic sentence?
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It helps the reader know what to expect by grabbing the readers attention.
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What are the three types of topic sentences?
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general clueing specific
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What is the criteria for general topic sentence?
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It covers only the main idea but does not introduce the main points or details.
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What is the criteria for clueing topic sentence?
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It names the main idea and gives clues about the details.
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What is the criteria for specific topic sentence?
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It names the main idea and names specific details to be covered in order.
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What are the benefits of knowing how to write three different types of topic sentences?
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It will vary my writing, and I can chose the one type that fits my topic the best.
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What does the “P” represent in the PENS mnemonic?
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Pick a sentence type and formula.
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What does the “E” represent in the PENS mnemonic?
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Explore words to fit the sentence type and formula.
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What does the “N” represent in the PENS mnemonic?
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Note the Words
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What does the “S” represent in the PENS mnemonic?
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