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Supporting Details

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/us/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.

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Supporting Details
  • Supporting Details are reasons, examples, facts, steps, or other kinds of evidence that develop and support a main idea.
  • Supporting details relate to the main idea.
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Supporting Details
  • Supporting Details should relate to the main idea. Look at the following triangle:

Main Idea

  • All the supporting details should point to the main idea.

Supporting Details

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Supporting Detail
  • For example: Look at the following paragraph. The main idea is underlined.

Americans love to send greeting cards. For instance, over 4 million birthday cards are sent out in this country every day. Around Valentine’s Day last year, over 900 million cards were mailed. And close to 3 billion holiday greeting cards were sent out during the Christmas season.

(Paragraph from Broderick, Bill (2000). Groundwork For College Reading. New Jersey: Townsend Press.)

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Supporting Details
  • Look back at the paragraph. Notice how all the sentences after the main idea give facts to prove the main ideas. Look at the following diagram.

Americans love to send greeting cards.

  • All the sentences link directly to the main ideas.

Supporting Details

  • For instance, over 4 million birthday cards are sent out in this country every day.
  • Around Valentine’s Day last year, over 900 million cards were mailed.
  • And close to 3 billion holiday greeting cards were sent out during the Christmas season.
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Supporting Details
  • There are two types of Supporting Details
    • Major
    • Minor
  • Major Details explain and develop the main ideas; whereas, the minor details help fill out and make the major details clear.

Example:

Main Idea:

A recent poll found Americans’ four most popular hobbies.

Main Idea with Major Details:

A recent poll found American’s four most popular hobbies. The number-one hobby enjoyed by Americans is reading. The second most popular hobby is photography. The third most popular hobby is gardening. Finally, the fourth most popular hobby is collecting things.

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Supporting Details
  • Example Cont.

Main idea with major and minor details:

A recent poll found American’s four most popular hobbies. The number-one hobby enjoyed by Americans is reading. Fiction is favored by most, followed by biographies. The second most popular hobby is photography. Americans like taking pictures of just about anything, including family members and wildlife. The third most popular hobby is gardening. Many gardeners enjoy raising vegetables and planting flower gardens. Finally, the fourth most popular hobby is collecting things. Items collected include stamps, the most popular, and beer cans, which rank second.

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Supporting Details
  • Example: Page 4 and 5 of Tommy Tales # 1 – The School Lunch Room

Main Idea: Lucy and Taffy disappeared.

Supporting Details:

Major Details:

    • Tommy was very surprised. He stood with his mouth open.
    • He blink his eyes, and shouted, “Where are you, Lucy?” “Come here Taffy”.

Minor Details:

    • He looked for them behind the bushes.
    • He looked for them under the bench.
    • He looked for them on top of the wall.
    • He could not find them anywhere.
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References

Broderick, Bill (2000). Groundwork For College Reading. New Jersey: Townsend Press

No Author. (2000) Tommy Tales Book 1 – The School Lunch Room. Learningpage.com