0008 Understand Idea Development, Fluency, and Organization Within Writing
Identify Organizational Methods Used By the Writer of a Selection
Good college writing is expected to be well developed. You should have plenty of support for your main points in any piece of writing.
In general, you can develop a main idea with:
- concrete details,
- specific examples,
- statistics, and
- incidents or narratives.
Most essays use a variety of these methods. Unfortunately, there is no magic number of supporting sentences required to support a main idea; you are expected to use your judgment, tempered by your experience.
Generally, introductory and concluding paragraphs are considerably shorter than body paragraphs. In general, body paragraphs that are very short — one to three sentences — are not well-developed and are not acceptable in college-level writing.