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1 What Is a Paragraph? The Topic Sentence Ku-Yaw Chang Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering Da-Yeh University

2 22007/3/12Software Engineering The Topic Sentence State the topic and the controlling idea of the paragraph A complete sentence Usually (not always) the first sentence in the paragraph Usually (not always) the first sentence in the paragraph

3 32007/3/12Software Engineering Important Issue (1/3) A complete sentence A subject, a verb and (usually) a complement A subject, a verb and (usually) a complement Not complete sentences Not complete sentences Driving on freeways The importance of gold How to register for college classes

4 42007/3/12Software Engineering Important Issue (2/3) Contain both a topic and a controlling idea Limit the topic to a specific area to be discussed Limit the topic to a specific area to be discussed Examples Examples Driving on freeways requires skill and alertness. Gold, a precious metal, is prized for two important characteristics. Registering for college classes can be a frustrating experience for new students.

5 52007/3/12Software Engineering Important Issue (3/3) Give only the main idea, not specific details. Examples Examples The Arabic origin of many English words is not always obvious. The slang expression so long is probably a corruption of the Arabic salaam. too specific too specific English is a difficult language to learn. too general too general

6 62007/3/12Software Engineering The Topic Sentence Position The first sentence The first sentence The last sentence The last sentence The first and last sentence of the paragraph The first and last sentence of the paragraphSandwich-style

7 72007/3/12Software Engineering Practice One Step 1 Decide which of the following sentences is the topic sentence of the paragraph Decide which of the following sentences is the topic sentence of the paragraph Step 2 Write TS on the line next to that sentence Write TS on the line next to that sentence Step 3 Decide the order of the supporting sentences and number them SS1, SS2, SS3, and so on Decide the order of the supporting sentences and number them SS1, SS2, SS3, and so on

8 82007/3/12Software Engineering Paragraph 1 a.It enables customers to do several banking transactions twenty-four hours a day. b.In addition, a customer can transfer funds between accounts or get a cash advance on a credit card. c.An automated teller machine (ATM) is a convenient miniature bank. d.For example, a customer can use an ATM to deposit money and withdraw a limited amount of cash.

9 92007/3/12Software Engineering Paragraph 2 a.After an attack by a great white, 462 stitches were required to sew up an Australian scuba diver. b.With their razor-sharp teeth and strong jaws, great white sharks are very dangerous. c.Nevertheless, one did just that near a public beach in Australia in d.Even when they attack humans, however, great whites do not usually eat them. e.In 1997, a great white shark bit a man surfing at a beach in California and left three shark teeth in his legs. f.It bit in half and totally devoured a young female swimmer. g.Great whites do not usually attack humans, but when they do, they always cause serious injury and even death.

10 102007/3/12Software Engineering Two Essential Parts The topic Name the subject (or main idea) of the paragraph Name the subject (or main idea) of the paragraph The controlling idea Makes a specific comment about the topic Makes a specific comment about the topic Indicate what the rest of the paragraph will say about the topic

11 112007/3/12Software Engineering Two Essential Parts Convenience foods are easy to prepare. The native foods of American’s immigrant population are reflected in American cooking. The average American teenager consumes enormous quantities of junk food.

12 122007/3/12Software Engineering Practice Two Circle the topic and underline the controlling idea in each of the following sentences. 1.Driving on freeways requires nerves of steel. 2.The Caribbean island of Trinidad attracts tourists because of its calypso music. 3.Spectacular beaches make Puerto Rico a tourist paradise. 4.In my opinion, many TV commercials for cosmetics lie to women. 5.Owning an automobile is a necessity for me.

13 132007/3/12Software Engineering Writing Topic Sentences Neither too general or too specific Too general Too general American food is terrible. Too specific Too specific American food is tasteless and greasy because Americans use to many canned, frozen, and prepackaged foods and because everything is fried in oil or butter. Good Good American food is tasteless and greasy.

14 142007/3/12Software Engineering Writing Topic Sentences Do not include too many unrelated ideas (not be unified) Too many ideas Too many ideas San Francisco is famous for its temperate climate, its many tourist attractions, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere. Good Good San Francisco is famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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