Muet - writing What is the topic sentence?

The topic sentence with explicit information on the main idea can be found: - at the beginning of the paragraph - in the middle or - at the end What are supporting details? - These are details or sentences that work together to communicate the main idea. - Supporting details can be descriptions, definitions, examples, elaboration or exploration of the main idea. Practice There are two key reasons why Germany cannot allow the euro to collapse. Germany is the second-largest exporting nation on Earth and a major downturn in this market would spell disaster for many leading German firms. However, the larger concern is what would happen if the eurozone itself broke up and Germany returns to its national currency — the Deutschmark — which would rise in value against other currencies, leaving German exporters at a critical disadvantage. Germany has no choice but to bear the brunt of the rescue packages to its neighbours. 1. Topic Sentence: ___________________________________________________ 2. Main Idea: _______________________________________________________ 3. Supporting Sentences: a. _________________________________________________________________ b. _________________________________________________________________ NEXT WEEK: Writing skills I ANSWERS: 1. Topic Sentence: There are two key reasons why Germany cannot allow the euro to collapse. 2. Main Idea: Germany has no choice but to bear the brunt of the rescue packages to its neighbours. 3. Supporting details: Germany is the second-largest exporting nation on Earth and a major downturn in this market would spell disaster for many leading German firms. However, the larger concern is what would happen if the eurozone itself broke up and Germany returns to its national currency — the Deutschmark — which would rise in value against other currencies leaving German exporters at a critical disadvantage.