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0007 Role of Audience and Purpose
0008 Idea Development, Fluency, and Organization
Identify Organizational Methods
Effective and Ineffective Thesis Statements
Unnecessary Shifts in Point of View
Transitional Words and Phrases
0009 Writing that Effectively Communicates Intended Messages
0010 Apply Revision Strategies
0011 Standard Writing Conventions
Practice Writing Tests
0012 Prepare an Organized, Developed Composition

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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:

  • 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.