- Choose a topic that you are interested in, be creative, and fits your project.
- Use facts, statistics, examples, thoughts, and feelings for details.
- Topic sentence
- Main ideas including transitions
- Details also known as tell me more sentences
- Speak/ write in an engaging way that keeps the reader wanting more.
- Show rather than tell
- Combine short, choppy sentences into longer, smoother ones.
- Use a variety of lengths
- Apply many beginnings
- Use a variety of simple, compound, and complex sentences.
- Edit using C.O.P.S.
- Come up with a number of ideas for your essay.
- Choose one
- Make a t-table to organize your ideas.
- Also known as drafting (video)
- Form your paragraph
- Rough Draft
- Improve your writing
- Rework sentences so that they flow
- Make sure your sentences make sense, and if they don't change them so they do.
- Use C.O.P.S.
- Review essay
- Correct any grammar issues
- Share your finished work with others
Core Four Topic Sentences
- Simple Statement
- Number Statement
- Situation Stance
- Never start a topic sentence with the following:
I am going to tell you about...
In this paragraph...
- Never start a conclusion with the following:
Thank you for listening...
- Never write a question topic sentence that can be answered with yes or no.
- Use transitions after main ideas.
- Have a general statement about your topic.
- Include details to further explain your main ideas.
- Tell me more sentences
- Add conclusions to end off your paragraph or essay.
- Use a t-table to organize your ideas in pre-writing.
- Main ideas on the left.
- Details to go with the main ideas on the right.