a writer creates unity when topic sentences in an essay relate to a main idea
A thesis statement sets readers’ expectations for what body paragraphs will discuss.
2. Unity of ideas overall
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what are the processes in finding the main idea and where can you find the main idea? There are several articles here which discuss the “main idea” of something.
Sharline D. answered 10/29/19
Avid Reader and Creative Writer
The topic sentence and the thesis are analogous. In other words, the topic sentence is to the paragraph what the thesis is to the entire essay, chapter, or book. While the thesis gives unity to the essay, the topic sentence gives unity to the paragraph by developing one major point suggested in the controlling idea of the thesis. Like the thesis, the topic sentence is integral to the organization of the essay. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence.
When writing or revising a topic sentence, consider whether the topic sentence:
- At the beginning. In many writing situations, the author places the topic sentence at the beginning of the paragraph. Readers often expect cues related to the paragraph’s focus, claim, and main idea. In this position, the topic sentence makes an initial point and the remainder of the paragraph provides relevant supporting details.
- In the middle. In a few writing situations, the author may use the first sentence (or two) in a paragraph to act as a transition between paragraphs. The topic sentence that follows the transitional sentence(s) summarizes the paragraph’s main idea and helps provide unity to its content. In this position, the topic sentence links the supporting details presented before and after it.
- At the end.In some writing situations, the author may place the topic sentence at the end of the paragraph. Groundwork laid at the beginning of the paragraph can be built upon until it culminates at the end. Or, in a long or complex paragraph, the author may choose to restate the topic sentence in the form of a concluding sentence to remind the reader of the paragraph’s main point.