Using the Topic Sentence to Make Predictions
Every paragraph has a key sentence called a topic sentence. This topic sentence explains what a paragraph about. It is the general idea of a paragraph. If you understand the general idea, you can look for the specific details which support the idea.
Read the second paragraph of the passage on OCR. The first sentence happens to be the topic sentence.
OCR sufferers experience worries that are both unreasonable and excessive and that act as a constant source of internal stress. Fear of dirt and contamination are very common obsessive thoughts. The obsession with orderliness and symmetry is also common. In other cases, persistent thoughts are centered on doubts, such as whether or not a door is locked or a stove is turned off. Impulses, such as the urge to swear in public or to pull a fire alarm, are other types of OCR symptoms. In order to be diagnosed with OCR, a sufferer must exhibit obsessions and/or compulsions that take up a considerable amount of time (at least one hour per day).
OCR sufferers experience worries that are both unreasonable and excessive and that act as a constant source of internal stress.
Questions to Ask Yourself
• What are unreasonable worries?
• What are excessive worries?