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Understanding Controlling Sentences

As you read, watch for two types of controlling sentences:

A focus statement tells what an essay or article is about. It usually appears at the end of the first paragraph.

Many features of games make them powerful tools for learning.

A topic sentence tells what a paragraph is about. It usually appears at the start of a middle paragraph.

To start with, games are fun, and fun actually promotes learning.

Find controlling sentences.

In the following brief article, underline each controlling sentence. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

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