Now, even though our overall topic was mountain biking, we had a discussion about what the specific topics that go with each of these topic sentences would be If the topic sentence is about a student's own pet, point out if your student writes a sentence about a friend's dog or animals at the zoo, which might stray too far from the main idea.
Remember, there are two almost identical sets. It's especially fantastic because, as a school-wide program, the kids build on what they are learning year to year Then, Even though, Since, and When.
They wrote an example of each and they they also wrote their own for a different topic recess. One without example topic sentences and one with. Reading Rockets compares paragraphs to a hamburger: Paragraphs have a topic sentence, or the top bun; the details, or the hamburger patty; and a concluding statement that restates the topic, or the bottom bun.
Identifying the Topic Sentence Before teaching second-graders how to write a topic sentence, help students learn how to identify the main idea.