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Writing a Paragraph
Topic Sentences
Supporting Sentences
Concluding Sentences
Paragraph Editing
Paragraph Feedback
Paragraph Resources

What are Supporting Sentences?

The supporting sentences of a paragraph develop the main idea you presented in the topic sentence. When writing supporting sentences you should be giving examples, reasons, or descriptions to support your topic sentence.

Supporting sentences should focus on the following:
- They should provide the main supporting points for the paragraph's main idea (topic sentence)
- There are usually 2 - 4 supporting sentences in a paragraph.
- They should be arranged in a logical order.
- They should NOT begin a new topic or introduce a new idea.

Can You Spot The Supporting Sentences?

Ice cream is one of the few desserts that is enjoyed all over the world! In Italy, they call ice cream gelato. Ice cream, or helado, can be found on the street corners of Argentina. The same is true in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Now I want to travel the world just to try out all the amazing ice cream offered in other countries!

If you were able to identify that sentences 2, 3, and 4 all supported the topic sentence, Ice cream is one of the few desserts that is enjoyed all over the world, then you are correct! Each of the supporting sentences supports the main idea, that ice cream is enjoyed all over the world. The supporting sentences give examples of where ice cream is enjoyed to support the topic.

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