A TOPIC SENTENCE IS:

1) THE POINT OF A SPECIFIC BODY PARAGRAPH

2) A SPECIFIC IDEA WHICH SUPPORTS THE THESIS STATEMENT

3) AN IDEA THAT IS DISPUTED AND/OR IN NEED OF EXPLANATION

3) A COMPLETE SENTENCE WHICH DOES NOT ANNOUNCE
INTENTIONS

4) A SPECIFIC CONTRACT WITH THE READERS

6) (OFTEN) THE FIRST SENTENCE OF EACH BODY PARAGRAPH
IN AN ESSAY

7) TENTATIVE (for much of the writing process)

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IDENTIFY THE MOST EFFECTIVE TOPIC SENTENCES.

1. The extensive pressure to justify huge salaries
sometimes motivates you to enhance your performance
through drug use.

2. The extensive pressure to justify huge salaries
sometimes motivates professional athletes to enhance
their performances through drug use.

3. Furthermore, athletes may feel that they must take the
drugs in order to be competitive, since so many other
athletes are taking them.

4. Furthermore, everyone feels that they must take the
drugs in order to be competitive.

5. Finally, athletes may become hooked in part because
the drugs are administered by individuals, charged with
training and coaching their performances.

6. Young victims may fake illness in order to avoid school,
the location where they are often bullied.

7. Missing elementary school may result in missed
instruction in reading, math, and other significant subjects
which can cause the student to fall behind and be less
successful during the current school year as well as
school years to come.  

8. We must address bullying at Rio Vista Elementary
School!

9. To help address this challenge, a campus-wide
assembly about bullying should be held at Rio Vista
Elementary School.

10. Teachers should be trained in the use of specific
strategies for addressing bullying in the classroom.
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