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7th Grade Language Arts / Lesson 10d1: Paragraphs, Main Ideas, & Topics Sentences

Paragraphs, Main Ideas & Topic Sentences

What is a Paragraph?


  • A paragraph is a group of sentences that work together to support a main idea or achieve a single effect.

  • Every paragraph has :

    1. Main idea
    2. Topic sentence
Why Use Paragraphs in Writing?


  • Writing in paragraphs helps you to focus information logically in separate sections.


Main Idea


  • The main idea of a paragraph is the most important idea in it.

    1. The main idea is usually stated in the topic sentence.
    2. All other sentences support, explain, or illustrate the topic sentence.

  • Sometimes a main idea is implied.

  • The main idea is not directly stated. The reader must piece together the main idea from related facts and details that together communicate it.


Main Idea