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author is saying in their passage! Review Topic Sentences vs. Supporting Details Types of Sentences TOPIC SENTENCES are often placed at the beginning of a paragraph and directly state or suggests the topic of the text. SUPPORTING DETAILS are statements that support a topic sentence. They explain, describe, define, or give information about the main idea. School bullies have been around as long as there have been schools. Studies reveal several reasons why some children become bullies. Research shows that certain combinations of size and personality may be one factor. Bigger, more aggressive children are more likely to dominate their smaller, quieter peers. Another factor linked to bullying is overexposure to violent television programs. By the time the average American child is ten years old, he or she has watched thousands of acts of violence, including assault and murder. Such exposure can lead to aggression and violence. Finally, exposure to real violence is a factor in bullying. Studies indicate that victims of bullies often turn into bullies themselves. Whether abused by family members or tormented by other kids, bullies typically learn their behavior from others. Look closely into the eyes of a bully, and you may be looking into the eyes of a former victim. PRACTICE! TOPIC SENTENCE Reasons why children become bullies. SUPPORTING DETAILS
A certain combination of size and personality may be a factor.
Another factor is exposure to violent television programs.
Exposure to real violence is a factor in bullying.
Bullies typically learn their behavior from others. Highlight TOPIC SENTENCES using a pink highlighter Highlight SUPPORTING DETAILS using a green highlighter The main idea may be stated directly, or it may be only suggested or implied. If the main idea is not stated directly, it's up to the reader to look at the details and decide on the idea that they all seem to support.