Directions: Here are some lists of “building blocks” for a topic sentence. Look carefully at each list. Can you build a good foundation for the blocks by writing a good topic sentence?
List # 1
Car Topic sentence:
List # 2
Square Topic sentence:
List # 3
Radio Topic sentence:
Unscramble Directions: There are three lists of paragraph building blocks that have been scrambled on this page. Can you arrange the lists by main ideas? Then write a topic sentence for each list.
spring summer pig
There are lions and tigers in outdoor pens. Wild birds are flying in large, tree-filled cages. Also, a visitor at the zoos can see snakes and reptiles of many different sizes. But my favorite thing to see at the zoo is the monkey who swings on a trapeze in a cage by the popcorn stand.
First you must listen carefully in class. Next, you must study for your tests and quizzes. Finally, you must do all the homework the teacher assigns. If you follow these steps, good grades will be yours!
It starts slowly and then destroys everything in its way. It can ruin homes and land. It can kill people and animals. So before you strike a match, remember how dangerous fire can be.
Check your paragraphs. Do all of your topic sentences make sense in the paragraph? Do all the sentences relate to each topic sentence?
Connect! Sentences in paragraphs need to make sense with each other. They need to be connected. The words that help connect ideas between sentences are called transitions. These transitions make your writing easier to understand.
Directions: Use the transitions in the parentheses to connect the scrambled sentences below. Write the new sentences in paragraph form. Be sure to make sense with your sentences! The first one is started for you.
Today I feel like eating a hot, cheesy pizza.
She made me do my homework.
My mother rushed in and unplugged my stereo.
I was enjoying music in my room. (suddenly, after that)
I sprinkle everything with nuts.
I pour fudge or strawberry sauce over the scoops.
I love to make ice cream sundaes.
I scoop ice cream into bowls. (first, then, finally)
Keep In Time When you write about something that happened to you or something you do, it must be in the right time order. Write your paragraphs logically, in the order that things happened.
Directions: Mark these lists from first (1) to last (5) in time order. The first one is done for you.