I stared at the screen, at the first sentence I had written for my first body paragraph: “The current school year got off to a quick start, as Stephanie Hughes of Bybanks, Kentucky was sent home for a dress code violation just two days into the school year.” A bit journalistic in tone, perhaps, and more restrained than I usually try for. Decent. Not Great. Acceptable, I guess.
And most definitely not a traditional topic sentence as I’ve been teaching them throughout my career.