Topic sentences

The first sentence in each paragraph is called a topic sentence. Topic sentences:

  • explain the point you're going to make in the paragraph
  • are clear and concise
  • link back to your argument and introduction
  • build on the points made in the previous paragraphs
  • when read together, summarise your argument.

If you recorded your key points in your essay plan, you've already written your topic sentences. Take your key points, write them in a single sentence and then write a paragraph discussing each one.

Think about who your audience is. Who will read and mark your essay, and what are they looking for?