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  1. Developing the Topic Sentence Week 7 March 13th, 2014

  2. The plan…. • Objectives • How to develop a topic sentence • Sources • Practice • Evaluation • Preview

  3. Objectives • Distinguish important relevant information from texts and other outside resources to support a topic sentence • How to identify which resources to utilize for the information required

  4. How to Develop a Factual Topic Sentence • Factual topic sentences should contain verifiable facts, not opinions • FTS should be supported by information and more facts located in relevant outside sources • If you need to know about the price of cars go to dealerships or look at car ads, DON’T use a dictionary

  5. Sources • Sources can be from a wide array of media • Legitimate websites (try .org and .edu websites first) • Ads, digital and hard copies • Dictionaries • Encyclopedias • Text books • Reference books • Newspapers • Quotes from experts • What other sources can you think of?

  6. Here are some examples…

  7. Practice #1 • Open your writing books to page 23 • Complete the practice • Read each sentence and write down some possible sources where you can find more information

  8. Jot List • Jot lists contain other facts from outside sources that support your topic sentence • Write down your source • Then take facts to support your topic sentence • Look to the next slide for an example of your next practice exercise

  9. Jot List Topic Sentence: Abraham Lincoln was the President of the United States. Source: http://millercenter.org/president/lincoln 1. Term16th President of the United States (1861–1865 2. When Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860, seven slave states left the Union to form the Confederate States of America, and four more joined when hostilities began between the North and South. 3. …

  10. Practice #2 • Open your writing books to page 24 • Get your iPads, tablets, or other devices, and a pen or pencil • Line up quietly • We will go down to the ADP library • Please be quiet; classes are going on • Use the wifi and print sources in the library to complete the practice