Unit 1: What Is a Paragraph? Activity 1: Analyzing the Features of a Paragraph



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Unit 3: The Topic Sentence

Activity 1: Recognizing Effective Topic Sentences
Choose the best topic sentence for each topic.
1. Topic: Low airline fares

a. Today there are so many different airlines competing for passengers that inexpensive fares can be found very easily.

b. A round-trip airfare from a busy hub such as New York to the west coast can be found for as low as $400.
2. Topic: Mary’s yard sale treasures

a. Last year, Mary bought an iron bed, a rocking chair, and a filing cabinet for $25, and they were all in good condition.

b. My friend Mary has excellent luck finding fabulous buys at neighborhood yard sales.
3. Topic: A good roommate

a. A good roommate has four important qualities.

b. The person needs to be responsible about paying his or her share of the bills.
4. Topic: The importance of saving

a. It is always a good idea to have some money tucked away for emergencies.

b. Sometimes, unexpected expenses occur.
5. Topic: Hobbies

a. My brother Patrick likes to paint pictures.

b. There are as many different hobbies as there are different people.
6. Topic: Maple syrup

a. The production of maple syrup is a very interesting process.

b. You can use sugar, honey, or syrup in cooking.
Answer Key:

1. a. Today there are so many different airlines competing for passengers that inexpensive fares can be found very easily.

2. b. My friend Mary has excellent luck finding fabulous buys at neighborhood yard sales.

3. a. A good roommate has four important qualities.

4. a. It is always a good idea to have some money tucked away for emergencies.

5. b. There are as many different hobbies as there are different people.

6. a. The production of maple syrup is a very interesting process.



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