Topic Sentences - increases the likelihood the reader will...

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Patricia L. Harms, PhD Topic Sentences
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Topic sentences Use the topic sentence as the “anchor” for the  paragraph Ensure all sentences in the paragraph relate to the  topic sentence Put a strong topic sentence in the #1 slot in the  paragraph Echo information from the heading in the topic  sentence
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Why is the #1 slot strategic?  The white space between paragraphs draws your  reader’s eye to the first sentence of a paragraph. When people skim they tend to read the first  sentence in a paragraph.  Using this valuable “real estate” on the page wisely, 
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Unformatted text preview: increases the likelihood the reader will be able to quickly glean the most important information. Topic sentences http://www.deere.com/en_US/ir/media/pdf/financialdata/reports/2009/2008chairmansmessage.pdf Sample topic sentences http://www.deere.com/en_US/ir/media/pdf/financialdata/reports/2009/2008chairmansmessage.pdf Sample topic sentences Can you see a problem with this paragraph? Note the shift in topics Option to correct: Create 2 paragraphs Option to correct: Create a strong topic sentence to anchor the paragraph Maintain the contract: Keep the order of information consistent...
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