What questions will your readers have? What will they need to know? What makes for good supporting details? Why might readers consider some evidence to be weak?
If you’re already developing paragraphs, it’s likely that you already have a plan for your writing, at least at the most basic level. You know what your topic is, you probably have a main idea or working thesis, and you might have at least a couple of supporting ideas in mind that will further develop and support your thesis.
When you’re developing a paragraph on a supporting idea, you need to make sure that the support that you develop for this idea is solid. See Table 7.2 for examples of good and weak support.
Table 7.2: Good and weak support
Is relevant and focused (sticks to the point).
Is well developed.
Provides sufficient detail.
Is vivid and descriptive.
Is well organized.
Is coherent and consistent.
Highlights key terms and ideas.
Lacks a clear connection to the point that it’s meant to support.
Lacks detail or gives too much detail.
Is vague and imprecise.
Seems disjointed (ideas don’t clearly relate to each other).
Lacks emphasis of key terms and ideas.
Activity: Check Your Understanding
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