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TOEFL Writing Skill 4: Write a Topic Statement

After you have planned your response, you should begin writing your response with an overall topic statement that directly indicates how the information in the reading passage and the information in the listening passage are related. To do this, you should study the information from your plan that shows the topics of the reading passage and the listening passage and the information about how the two passages are related.

The following chart outlines the key information you should remember about writing a topic statement.

WRITING A TOPIC STATEMENT
TOPIC STATEMENT 
Start your response with a topic statement. This topic statement should show, in a general rather than a specific way, how the topic of the reading passage and the topic of the listening passage are related.


Look at this information from the integrated writing task on hindcasting and the weather in seventeenth-century Holland.

Reading Passage = a technique used by meteorologists


TOPIC OF READING PASSAGE: hindcasting (trying to determine what weather was like in the past)


Listening Passage = an example of the technique


TOPIC OF LISTENING PASSAGE: paintings that are proxies showing weather in 17th-century Holland colder than today


As you study this information, you should think about writing an overall topic statement that includes information about the topics of each of the passages and about how the two passages are related. Look at a possible topic statement for the integrated writing task on hind casting and the weather in seventeenth-century Holland.
 

Topic Statement

In this set of materials, the reading passage discusses a technique used by meteorologists, and the listening passage provides an example of this technique from seventeenth-century Holland.

You should notice that this topic statement does not include all the details about the topic. For example, it mentions a technique but does not say what the technique is, and it mentions an example from seventeenth-century Holland but does not say that the example refers to weather, the topic statement simply gives the overall idea, and the rest of the details will be included in the supporting paragraphs.