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Unformatted text preview: To be effective, topic sentences have to be clearly and precisely worded. The more defined a topic sentence is, the easier it is for readers to grasp what you are trying to say. Some paragraphs may not have a topic sentence you can underline, but it must have unity and purpose. All the ideas in a paragraph should relate to a clear point readers will easily understand. All paragraphs should have a controlling idea. Important Points to Remember 1. Paragraphs are the building blocks of an essay. 2. Every paragraph must have a controlling idea supported by details. 3. Paragraph breaks signal transitions between main points. 4. Paragraph breaks are used to separate direct quotations in dialogue. 5. Precisely worded topic sentences guide writing, helping you decide what details to include in paragraphs and which details to leave out. Taken from: Get Writing: Sentences and Paragraphs. Author: Mark Connelly....
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- Spring '11