Take a look at some of the topic sentences below. Remember, a topic sentence has a topic and a main point, and that main point should be as specific to the paragraph as you can make it.
An effective topic sentence might say something like:
New Netherland was started by the Dutch, but eventually fell to the more powerful British.
An ineffective topic sentence might say something like:
New Netherland: A colony with history.
Look at some of these examples below. Which ones work well? Why?
- New York was first settled by the Dutch, then later taken by England.
- Henry Hudson set sail in his ship.
- New Netherland was a huge part in history.
- There are many interesting things that happened in the history of New York.
- The story of the happenings of New York.
- Despite going through many trials, New York still became a great colony
- The start and end of New Netherland.
- New York had lots of events take place on it's land.