From here, we introduced just one student's sentence to decide if the sentence's topic and main idea would be just right for a five paragraph essay.
Today’s Example: Too big.
If you enjoy the outside, then snowball fighting may be excellent for you.
Topic: Snowball fighting
Main Idea: Snowball fighting is excellent if you love the outdoors.
Corrected: If you enjoy playing with your friends outside when the cold air hits, then you should try snowball fighting.
Finally, we returned to the Topic Sentence writing homework to determine if topics were, Too Big, Too Small, or Just Right? This week students were given their old sentences to fix. They had to find the topic and main idea of the original sentence. Then, decide if it was too big or too small and fix it.