Creating Topic Sentences - Fort Thomas Independent Schools

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Topic
Direction
Claim
Universal Idea
* These elements should seem similar to the
thesis components (but now with a twist)!
To prove that success is measured by one’s ability
to conquer, not in one’s ability to make peace,
adventurous imagery, calculated diction, and a
self-important point of view are used in John
Smith’s autobiographical account—a testimony
of “his own example, good words, and fair
promises.”
Thesis
To prove that success is measured by one’s ability
to conquer, not in one’s ability to make peace,
adventurous imagery, calculated diction, and a
self-important point of view are used in John
Smith’s autobiographical account—a testimony
of “his own example, good words, and fair
promises.”
Topic Sentence
Topic: adventurous imagery (This is the first
direction.)
The “directions” of the topic sentence are the
examples you are using as evidence.
Adventurous imagery, such as Smith’s narrow
escape from death . . .
*Note: If you have more than one direction
(example), ALL should be mentioned in the
topic sentence.
Choose an appropriate verb that links what the
directions do in relation to the universal idea.
Adventurous imagery, such as Smith’s narrow
escape from death, establishes . . .
Add the universal idea to the topic sentence.
CAUTION: To keep the universal idea from
becoming redundant throughout the essay,
develop synonyms.
Adventurous imagery, such as Smith’s narrow
escape from death, establishes Smith’s success
in conquering Powhatan’s animosity.
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