Finding Topic and Supporting Sentences

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Grade Level
High School
Reading & Writing
Length of Time
45 minutes and homework

The students will read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. As they read the book, they will locate a section of the book they find interesting and find the topic sentence and supporting sentences in that paragraph or section.


To learn about topic sentences
To learn about supporting sentences
To learn how to organize an essay

Materials Needed

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Notebook paper
Pens and whiteouts


Students need a copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Before you begin having them read their book, you can explain to them about topic sentences and supporting sentences in a section, such as a paragraph. You can use a section of the book for your explanation, and then have the students choose other sections in the book for their example of topic sentences and supporting sentences.

After you have explained these elements to the students, then you will have them read the book and locate a section they would like to read and write about for their paper. They need to state their topic sentence and the supporting sentences and why they chose that particular section.


You can grade them on their topic sentences and supporting sentences they chose for their paper, and then on how they well they wrote the paper. You can check for correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph structure.

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