after stating your topic sentence you should ____________.
State ment of fact:
Small cars get better fuel mileage than 4×4 pickup trucks.
If the paragraph makes a comparison or introduces contrasting information, the topic sentence can use words that highlight difference or conflict (for example, in contrast, however, yet, on the other hand).
To make your writing stronger and ensure the connections between your paragraphs are clear and logical, you can also use topic sentences to create smooth transitions.
Why is a conclusion important?
How do I write an introduction?
Supporting details: ____________________________________________________________________________
A writer’s best choice for a title is one that alludes to the main point of the entire essay. Like the headline in a newspaper or the big, bold title in a magazine, an essay’s title gives the audience a first peek at the content. If readers like the title, they are likely to keep reading.
. [Topic Sentence] Perhaps the cheapest and most efficient security method is a so-called Safe Traveler Card or national ID card. [Support Info.] A Safe Traveler Card or national ID card would be about the size of a credit card, contain a computer chip, and cost little to produce. In some ways, these cards are like the EZ Pass devices that enable people to drive on highways, bridges, and tunnels without having to stop and pay tolls (Dershowitz 590). [Unpack Supporting Info] By scanning the card, airport security officials would be able to obtain background information from government databases for every passenger: flying history, residence, credit-card spending, travel habits, phone records, criminal background, and fingerprint and iris patterns (Safire 587). [Concluding Statement] It is easy to see how such a card could expedite security checks at airports one could tell at a glance whether a person should be searched or let through.
To support the topic sentence, writers should:
explain the first supporting detail, then
give an example of this detail (see example transitions below),
next writers should unpack this example in a sentence or t wo, and then
repeat this three-step process about two more times
Writers should remember to transition between new supporting details within the paragraph. (See transitions above).