Practice with Topic Sentences
out what a possible topic sentence would be for the following
paragraphs, and write it in the box provided. Then check your
1. There are three
large banana trees and two coconut trees that give shade. Besides
trees, there are numerous well-manicured shrubs that outline
the backyard and give it some aesthetic shape. In addition to
the shrubs, countless flowers are positioned along each dirt
well, magnifying the whole scene with resplendent color. This
greenery adds a priceless peace and tranquility to an otherwise
crowded and noisy city.
2. The gathering stage
consists of researching, brainstorming, and analyzing in order
to come up with a thesis. The next stage, organization, requires
you to think about a logical and persuasive arrangement for
your various ideas. The writing stage requires you to sit down
and, following and outline, construct your essay. The fourth
and final stage involves endless revision: going over and over
what you've written to make it better.
3. First, get a couple
of eggs from the fridgerator, and after cracking them open,
stir them together with a fork until evenly blended. Second,
add a little milk and vanilla, and then begin dipping your toast
in the mixture until the egg soaks into the bread. Third, cook
the pieces on a low temperature in the skillet for five minutes,
standing close by to ensure that it doesn't burn. When finished,
serve with syrup, whip cream, and your favorite jam.
4. The Queen directs
and orchestrates the actions, instincts, and characters of all
other ants in the colony. She controls how much each ant develops,
and into what kind of worker--drone, protector, warrior, etc.
In addition to the clearly defined social system, ants also
have an advanced chemical communication system in which they
trade scents and smells with each other through chemicals to
communicate. This is why any olfactory interruption in an ant-line
disorients the ants. Those persons who nonchalantly step on
ants miss out on this fascinating microuniverse.
5. Not only do you
have to know and understand how to work many complex programs
to be a marketable, employable worker in the job market, you
also--as a consumer--need to know how to navigate online shopping
carts, auctions, and other e-commerce strategies. It is no longer
just a technical enhancement to what you're doing--knowing the
technical side is a requirement to staying afloat. The e-learning
requires knowing how to navigate the net to find necessary information
online, to communicate with people from afar using proper netiquette
to interact and exchange data, and organizing oneself in an
online web space in an efficient and trustworthy way.