Strong Topic Sentences
Transition words, like signal words, help guide your reader so they do
not get lost reading.
Transition Words Examples
John loves sports; for example, he has a
basketball hoop in his driveway, an Olympic-
sized swimming pool in his backyard, and a
horseshoe pit in his front yard.
John loves sports because his mother and
father have always encouraged him and have
never forced him to participate.
When you repeat a word, you create a link
from one sentence to another or from one
paragraph to another. This helps your reader
stay on track
***If you used the same word five or more
times in a single paragraph, you should think
about using synonyms.
Winston Churchill uses repetition to drive his
Never give in---never, never, never, never--in
nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in
except to convictions of honor and good sense.
Never yield to force; never yield to force; never
yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the
Pronouns help you save space and to save
your reader from reading the same word over
and over again.
Example without Pronouns:
Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open in the year 2000
by an unprecedented 15 strokes. Tiger Woods
led wire to wire, shooting 65-69-71-67 in the four
rounds of the tournament. Through the entire
tournament, Tiger Woods did not three-putt a
Example with Pronouns:
Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open in the year
2000 by an unprecedented 15 strokes. He
led wire to wire, shooting 65-69-71-67 in the
four rounds of the tournament. Throughout
the entire tournament, he did not three-putt a
Dissect the quote below:
“There is one way to find out if a man is honest -
ask him. If he says yes, you know he is crooked.”-
Using the quote create a three P thesis.
After generating your three P thesis, use the
prongs to create your three body paragraph