Topic Sentences

Contributor: Erin Jones. Lesson ID: 11737

In this lesson, you will. WILL WHAT? TELL ME SO I KNOW WHAT IT'S ABOUT! See what happens without a good opening sentence? Learn to write a perfect topic sentence to create interest in your paragraph!



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Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Ever walk into the middle of a conversation, or turn on a program that's half-way through, and try to figure out what they're talking about? A paragraph without a topic sentence has the same effect. Learn how to introduce your paragraph the right way!

In the previous lesson in this Writing a Perfect Paragraph series, found under Related Lessons in the right-hand sidebar, you learned about the three components of a paragraph.

The three parts of a paragraph are:

  • the topic sentence
  • the new idea with explanations or examples
  • the conclusion

In this lesson, you will focus your attention on only the topic sentence. You will learn about the types of topic sentences, and how you can select the best type of topic sentence for your paragraph.

To begin, watch the video Grade 3 Topic Sentence Lesson 1 by SFW Shelle Allen. As you watch this video, write down the types of topic sentences that you learn about:


After you finish watching the video, discuss what you learned with your teacher or parent.

There are four types of topic sentences that you learned about in the video. As a reminder, the four types of topic sentences are:

  • state an opinion
  • include a number or number word
  • be explicit
  • combination

In the Got It? section of this lesson, you will practice identifying the types of topic sentences. Are you ready to practice what you have just learned? Let's get started!

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