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The more advanced your paragraph writing becomes, the more extras you add on to your burger. A more complex paragraph may contain three supporting details and each detail may be followed up with a comment to further elaborate on your detail. Supporting details are sentences that back up what the topic sentence is saying.
Supporting details can be sentences containing facts, descriptions or examples. Last week, the topic sentence from this paragraph was used as an example. Now, let’s look at the supporting details used to back up the topic sentence.
My hometown is known for several amazing and natural features. First, Fort Lauderdale is noted for its beautiful beaches. Just west of town is the Florida Everglades, a unique national park. The third stunning feature is the natural coral reef located just off the coast. These three landmarks are truly magnificent and make my hometown a famous place.
- To better see the supporting detail sentences, here they are in a list:
- First, Fort Lauderdale is noted for its beautiful beaches.
- Just west of town is the Florida Everglades, a unique national park.
- The third stunning feature is the natural coral reef located just off the coast.
- Notice that all three supporting details back up the topic sentence. All paragraphs should contain at least three supporting detail sentences.
- The supporting detail sentences should all refer back to the topic sentence. They should not contain any extra, unnecessary information.
- The supporting sentences should all begin differently — using a variety of vocabulary in many different word orders. This is called sentence variety.
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