Explains how topic sentence is like top bun of hamburger

The Top Bun

While many students have trouble with a topic sentence, it's amazingly easy to write if you used this trick.

If I write, "I love New York," it doesn't give any sense of the paragraph will include. But if I add, "for three reasons," I have raised a question: What are the three reasons? It also gives shape to the paragraph of the essay. Each reason is a paragraph.

That's all there is to it.

This works with any subject.

I like ice cream for three reasons.
Houses are better than apartments for three reasons.
My favorite book is The Cat in the Hat for three reasons.

Technically, his is call and "Indirect Thesis Statement." We'll get to the "Direct Thesis Statement" later, but for now this will do.

Now, let's move on to the first reason, the lettuce.