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Writing - Main Idea

Main Idea

A paragraph must have only one main idea. Writers state the main idea in one sentence. They add sub-ideas that support the main idea. This process also helps them to eliminate information that does not support the main idea.

Assignment

Write two paragraphs of about 6 sentences each. Focus each paragraph on one main idea.

Use the following questions for writing a paragraph:

  • Did you write a main idea for your paragraph?
  • Did you focus all the information on your main idea?
  • Do you need all of the information you have included? Delete sentences that are not on your main idea.

Paragraph 1

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Template: Main Idea

Apply the following template to your paragraph.

Main Idea

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Sentences which do not support the main idea

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Paragraph 2

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Template: Main Idea

Apply the following template to your paragraph.

Main Idea

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Sentences which do not support the main idea

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