Lesson 5

Little House in the Big Woods


b. The topic sentence tells what the paragraphs are about. The topic sentence is often the first sentence.

Underline the topic sentence. All the other sentences must support the main idea.

Transitional words help tie thoughts together. They can also show time or order throughout the paragraphs. Some transitional words are first, then, next, and finally.

Underline the transitional words.

c. Using the steps you have listed in 3f, write sentences on a separate piece of paper to form a paragraph. Begin with your topic sentence. All the other sentences must support the main idea. Use transitional words that show time or order throughout the paragraph such as first, then, next, and finally, but do not begin all your sentences with the same word.

d. Read your paragraph.
Does the topic sentence tell what the paragraph is about?
Are the steps in the explanation written in order?
Does each sentence support the topic?

Does the closing sentence summarize or comment on the topic of the paragraph?

e. Give your paragraph to someone and ask him to follow the directions.
Can he understand them?
Do any changes need to be made to make the directions easier to follow?

Make any corrections and complete your final copy.






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