Topic Sentences/Supporting Details

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TOPIC SENTENCE
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A sentence that expresses the main idea of the paragraph in which it occurs.
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MAIN IDEA
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The most important or central thought of a paragraph or larger section of text, which tells the reader what the text is about.
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SUPPORTING DETAILS
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Gives writers credibility by providing good, relevant and detailed support to main ideas or claims made in essays.
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ELABORATION
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The addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail.
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Main Idea
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Tiger Woods is building a legend.
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Topic Sentence
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Tiger Woods appears to be nurturing the idea of becoming the greatest golfer who ever lived.
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Tiger’s training activities have included hours practicing and perfecting his game on the greens, as well as two hours per day of weightlifting, aerobics and stretching exercises.
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Elaboration
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Tiger was born Eldrich Woods, in Cypress, California, the only son of Earl and Tida Woods.

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