Posted by: jockmackenzie | February 16, 2012

The Topic Sentence – First, second or last?

Topic sentences often appear as the first sentence in a paragraph. Alternatives exist. Which do you prefer?

A hedgehog’s quills are its most obvious, most interesting feature. The quills, actually stiff, hollow hairs, have no points, are not barbed, and unlike porcupine quills, are not easily removed from a hedgehog’s body. The quills can be both a defensive and an offensive mechanism. When attacked, a hedgehog will roll into a protective ball. On some occasions, a hedgehog will attack a predator and throw itself against the attacker. In both cases, the point is made.

Everybody has one; why shouldn’t I? Yes, having a credit card opens a new, exciting life. My little piece of plastic is the key to instant happiness; I never have to wait to get that new top, the latest CD, a snack when I’m hungry, or a treat for my friends. It’s way safer than carrying cash and handy to slip into my jeans. Am I awed by its power? Do you think I don’t know there’s a monthly statement? Hey man, give me a little credit!

She lives in a $1.3 million home on Marrowstone Island, Washington. That’s not too expensive if your earnings have topped $50 million. And earnings like that make sense if your books have sold over 70 million copies and have been translated into 37 languages. Add blockbuster movies to the list, add being named Author of the Year for 2008, and then throw in being listed #49 on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People. Yes, Stephanie Meyers is a success story.

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