Paragraphs (Part II) – Topic Sentences

Now we’re going to practice paragraphs in part 2 – topic sentence you can watch the video and use the worksheet to take notes and practice while you listen. This video is part 2 of a series of four videos about paragraphs this video is part two topic sentence if you didn’t watch part one what is a paragraph I would recommend that you do that before watching this video and after this video you Can watch part 3 detail sentences and part four conclusion sentence.

Part two of our video is about the topic sentence topic sentence and main idea the topic sentence tells the main idea so what is the main idea the main idea is what the paragraph is about it is the most important idea in the paragraph the topic sentence has two parts the topic and the main point let’s look at an example the topic is who or what you are writing about let’s look back to our topic sentence Anna is an excellent student in this sentence what’s the topic who or what are we writing about Anna. Anna is the topic of our topic sentence the main point is what you are saying about the topic so what are we saying in our topic sentence about Anna what is our main point our main point is that she is an excellent student so the topic and main point give us the topic sentence and the main idea now let’s practice topic sentence practice instructions read the paragraph choose the best topic sentence the topic sentence will go in the blank fruits are delicious examples of fruits are apples oranges and bananas fruits have many vitamins and minerals including vitamin C vitamin E and potassium for these reasons it is a good idea to eat lots of fruit question 1 what is the best topic sentence a everyone loves fruit B fruit is a delicious food to eat or C fruit is a healthy and tasty food pause the video while you work question two the topic sentence that you choose goes in blank first many schools require two or more years a foreign language study for graduation secondly learning other languages helps us communicate with people from other countries also know in the foreign language can lead to job opportunities finally for many people studying foreign languages is fun there are many reasons to learn a foreign language question – what is the best topic sentence a in the USA many students study Spanish language B it is important to learn foreign languages or C in college people need to know foreign languages pause the video while you work and three the topic sentence you choose will go into blank children who have a cell phone can call for help in an emergency also they can always communicate with their parents finally cell phones help children stay in contact with friends for these reasons when possible children should have a cell phone question three what is the best topic sentence a there are many types of cell phones being cell phones help children call friends and parents and see having a cell phone can help children in several ways pause the video while you work and then we’ll check your answers now.

Let’s check our answers question 1 what is the best topic sentence the answer is C fruit is a healthy and tasty food how do we know that C is the correct answers to know we look back at the detail sentences detail sentence 1 tells us fruits are delicious detail sentence 2 gives examples of fruit in detail sentence 3 tells us that fruits have many vitamins and minerals so which topic sentence do all three details support only one that’s topic sentence see what about topics in it’s a everyone loves fruit why is it that correct well because the none of the detail tell us about a person who loves fruit the details tell us about fruit but not about how people feel about fruit so a can’t be correct and what about me why does it be correct fruit is a delicious routine topic sentence 1 does tell us that fruits are delicious but look at topic sentence 3 topics is 3 tells us about vitamins & merril that doesn’t support topic sentence be below the only sentence that all three details support is sentencing number 2 what is the best topic sentence the answer is B how do we know this answer is correct well we can look back to the detail sentences detailed sentence 1 tells us that many schools require 2 or more years a foreign language study for graduation detail sentence 2 tells us that learning foreign languages can help us communicate with people from other countries in detail sentence 3 tells us that knowing a foreign language can lead to job opportunities all three of these details explain topic sentence B they give reasons why it is important to learn foreign languages now why can’t the answer be a in the USA many students study Spanish language that sentence is true well a can’t be our topic sentence for this paragraph because this paragraph never mentions Spanish language this paragraph is about foreign languages not only Spanish language so it can’t be the topic sentence what about si in college people need to know foreign languages.

Well sometimes Senate C is true but again he can’t be our topic sentence for the paragraph because this paragraph doesn’t talk only about foreign languages and to college it talks about other topics so si can’t be the topic sentence for this paragraph question 3 what is the best topic sentence the answer is C having a cell phone can help children in several ways how do we know that’s the correct answer again we look back at the details to see which topic sentence they explained and support detail sentence one tells us that cell phones can help children call for help in an emergency detail sentence 2 tells us cell phones help children communicate with their parents and detail sentence 312 s cell phones help children stay in contact with friends all of these details explain and support one of the topic sentences and we know it’s C because all of these detail sentences give us reason that having a cell phone can help children now why can’t the answer be a there are many types of cell phones well does the paragraph discuss types of cell phones no it doesn’t discuss types of cell phones so a cannot beat the topic sentence of this paragraph and what about me cell phones help children call friends and parents well two of the detailed sentences do support this topic sentence but there’s one more which is detailed sentence one about calling for help in an emergency that detailed sentence does not support topic sentence B it does support topic sentence see remember all detail sentences need to explain and support the topic sentence so the correct answer is C topic sentence the end our topic sentence practice for today is complete.

I hope this video helps you understand what a topic sentence is and what it does for a paragraph thank you for watching.