Four topic sentences
A list of supporting ideas

Step 1 Write topic sentences.

Write a topic sentence for each of the subjects below.

  • Why are computers important tools for learning?
  • How can exercise help keep you healthy?
  • Why is learning to read an important life skill?
  • Describe a trip you would like to take.

Step 2 Form supporting ideas.

Choose two topic sentences from Step 1.

  • Write your supporting ideas for each of the two topic sentences. In other words, make an outline of the evidence you would use to develop your topic sentence.
  • When possible, aim to use at least four types of supporting ideas/proof, such as example, definition, analogy, and testimony.