Topic Sentences


Topic sentences are the sentences that usually come at the start of a paragraph and they make clear what the POINT of that paragraph is going to be. They should:


The following example topic sentences were written in response to the question ‘Compare the way that Seamus Heaney conveys the experience of childhood trauma in ‘The Barn’ and another poem of your choice.’



Notice that, for instance in the last example, not all of these topic sentences actually use the words trauma. This is because the words ‘furthermore’ and ‘same technique’ make it clear that the point in this paragraph is the same as in the one before and so there is no need to repeat it. This is not only concise but also creates a smooth link between the paragraphs.