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Supporting details

Supporting details

Author: LaShanda Lawrence
  • Introduce supporting details.
  • Explain how to provide details that support the topic sentence.
  • Explain how to provide supporting details that are relevant to the audience and purpose of the paper (e.g. arguing, persuading, comparing, etc.)  


This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to structure a paper and who is confused about how to write effective supporting details. It will explain how to write supporting details that are appropriate to the audience and purpose of the paper.

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Supporting details: The glue holding your writing together

Like the support system of a bridge, supporting details support your main idea, argument, or thesis.

Source: LaShanda Lawrence

Providing supporting details

Use a graphic organizer to write main idea and supporting details. Details should make the writer's purpose clear.

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Just the facts, Ma'am

Supporting details add to the purpose of your writing and therefore, they should be relevant. The audience is considering you to be the expert. Answer all questions for strong argument and persuasion.

Source: LaShanda Lawrence