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Persuasive Papers: Topic Bridging Sentences

The topic bridging sentence provides a smooth topical transition from one idea to another for the reader. It is a segue of ideas and allows for a logically relevant transition. The topic bridge sentence also challenges you as a writer to relate and connect your ideas between paragraphs in order to have a cohesive paper.Topic bridging sentences are the first sentence in body paragraphs of an essay.


Approach


Ask yourself:
  • What is the main idea of the preceding body paragraph?
  • What is the main idea of the following body paragraph?
  • How are they related?
    • Similar pattern/trend
    • Share a feature
    • Chronologically related


Devices


  • Basic Topic Bridge Sentence
    • “In addition to <main idea from paragraph one>, such and such also was influenced/affected by <main idea from paragraph two>.”
  • Complex Topic Bridge Sentences
    • Connect the ideas from the two paragraphs in a more global fashion. Explain how they are inter-twined or how they work together to support your overall thesis.
 
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Not to be confused with the warrant, also referred to as a bridge, which connects your evidence to your claim in a persuasive essay.
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