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Language Arts:
Grammar and Usage
0007 Demonstrate Command of Standard Usage
0008 Mechanical Conventions
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0009 Purpose and Audience
0010 Unity, Focus, Development, and Organization
Organizational Methods
Thesis Statements
Point of View
0011 Editing and Revision Strategies
0012 Recognizing Effective Communication
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0013 Prepare an Organized, Developed Composition

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0010 Understand Unity, Focus, Development, and Organization in Writing

Identify Organizational Methods Used by the Author of a Passage

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:

  • reasons,
  • concrete details,
  • specific examples,
  • facts,
  • 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.