The Research Project

Developing Topic and Transition Sentences Creating Introductions and Conclusions BOOM!

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Topic Sentences
Introduce your Subtopic paragraphs (mini thesis statement) Must include: Topic, Civilization, Subtopic

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Topic Sentence
Example: (find the topic, subtopic, and civilization) Hammurabi’s Code is a historical accomplishment of the Ancient Mesopotamians. The beliefs and values of the Ancient Mesopotamians include both monotheism and polytheism.
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Transition Sentence
Provides a bridge between subtopic paragraphs. Include both subtopics in the sentence. Template: While ___________ was important to Ancient Mesopotamian society, __________ also had a significant impact.
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Introduction
3 Sentences Introductory Sentence (restate essential question) Bridging Sentence (connects essential question to thesis) Thesis Statement (includes 3 subtopics)

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Introduction
Example Sentences Intro: The Ancient Mesopotamians are known
for many historical accomplishments.

Bridge: This/These _____________ date(s) back
to almost 3000 B.C.

Thesis: The accomplishments of the Ancient
Mesopotamians include the Phoenician alphabet, Hammurabi’s Code, and the Ten Commandments.
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Conclusion
4-5 Sentences Restate Thesis Restate Topic Sentences (with general fact) Restate Essential Question

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Conclusion
Examples Restate thesis: The Ancient Mesopotamians were known for
many historical accomplishments including the Phoenician alphabet, Hammurabi’s Code, and the Ten Commandments.

Subtopic sentences: All of these accomplishments have

great historical and modern value. The Ancient Mesopotamians provided the first alphabet, which even the English alphabet has evolved from. They also left behind two critical sets of laws helping us to better understand their government and values. (choose the most important fact about each subtopic, write a sentence about it)

Restate essential question:
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These significant

historical achievements have helped to develop a knowledge of the Ancient Mesopotamian society.
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Do Work!

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