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Keeping to the Topic in Writing
Keeping to the Topic


  • It is important for writers to stay on their topics in writing
  • Good Writers keep to the point when they give information.
  • Can you imagine if they did not stay on topic?


Keeping to the Topic


  • If a writer did not stay on topic-the reader would get confused and not understand what the writer was trying to tell the reader.
  • Example: In fairy tales, the Prince is portrayed as a perfect man. He always rescues the maiden in distress. The Prince in Cinderella was happy. The step sisters made Cinderella work hard. I like the Prince in Cinderella. I wish I could be a Princess and live in a fairy tale. I want to marry a Prince. Princes always save the future Princesses in the nick of time. I think Princes are perfect.
  • Wow!!! What was the Writer trying to say???


Keeping to the Topic in Writing


  • In the last example, you could see that the writer did not stay on topic and there was no point to what the writer was trying to communicate and the reader goes away confused.
  • Let's look at the same main topic only in this example, we will keep to the topic.
  • Example: In fairy tales, the Prince is portrayed as a perfect man. The Prince is conveyed as a smart man who knows exactly where to find a maiden in her time of need. The Princes are always on time; which makes them terrific. Princes are also portrayed as masculine and strong, as they can either fight off the evil person or they know exactly what to say and how to say it to protect the maiden. The Prince in Cinderella was able to rescue Cinderella from her evil Step family by never giving up on his beloved Princess to be. Princes in fairy tales are super human beings who seem to be flawless in emotional, physical and psychological realms, or just plain old perfect.


Keeping to the Topic


  • It was much clearer to understand what the writer was trying to say in the second example
  • The writer was conveying all of the reasons why he or she believes that Princes are perfect, but in the first example the writer addressed so many topics that it was unclear as to what the point was


Keeping to the Topic


  • In order to keep to the topic-a writer must have a main point or a main idea that he or she would like to present or say
  • Once the writer decides what the main idea is-the writer writes the idea in the first sentence or topic sentence
  • All of the other sentences in that paragraph must support what the topic sentence is about with reasons or beliefs
  • In other words, every other sentence in the paragraph is about the topic sentence


Keeping to the Topic


  • Good writers plan a paragraph so that it gives details about one main idea
  • They also connect details and examples in the paragraph to the topic sentence and to each other


Keeping to the Topic


  • It should be easy to pick out the main idea or the topic sentence for a paragraph, even if the sentences are out of order
  • Example:
  • This holiday celebrates Brazil's independence from Portugal.
  • On this day, people wear green and yellow t-shirts. September 7, is Brazil's Independence Day.
  • On September 7, people will see Brazilian flags everywhere.


Keeping to the Topic


  • By seeing the relationships in the sentences, the main idea sentence is
  • September 7 is Brazil's Independence Day
  • All of the other sentences support this sentence by telling about how the Brazilians celebrate their Independence Day.
  • When you write Remember to have a main point for each paragraph and to support that point with the other sentences and KEEP TO THE TOPIC!!!!!