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How to Write a Totally Awesome Controlling Idea Statement

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Michel Kozuch

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Transcript of How to Write a Totally Awesome Controlling Idea Statement

How to Write a Totally Awesome Controlling Idea Statement:
Expository Writing Edition

Brainstorming a Controlling Idea
As you read, look for the following:

Interesting contrasts, comparisons, or patterns in the information.
Is there something about the topic that surprises you?
Do you encounter ideas that make you wonder why?
Something an expert says that makes you respond, "No way! That can't be right!" or "Yes, I absolutely agree."
What is a controlling idea?
For the writer:
For the reader:
Example of the Brainstorming Process
Select a topic:
television violence and children
Ask an interesting question:
What are the effects of television violence on children?
Revise the question into a controlling idea:
Violence on television increases agressive behavior in preschool children.
A Few For You To Try
Things to keep in mind while writing a controlling idea statement:
Use clear, strong language
The reader should know what your ENTIRE essay will be about by just reading your controlling idea statement.
It should never be a question.
It will mention the issue and your position
Examples of good controlling idea statements:
The Battle of Gonzales ignited the fire Texas needed to start a Revolution against Mexico.
While animal cells and plant cells have many similarities, they also have many differences.
The
Titanic's
wreckage is filled with interesting life for scientists to study.
Mark Twain's childhood experiences on the Mississippi River inspired him to write
Huckleberry Finn
.
Serves as a planning tool
Helps the writer determine the paper's focus.
Becomes a reference point for all topic sentences in support of the argument
Anticipates questions about the topic
Serves as a"map" to follow through the paper.
Keeps the reader focused on the argument
Engages the reader in the argument
Offers enough detail for the reader to grasp the argument
Topic:
growing up in a small town
Topic:

Explore the wreckage of the Titanic
Topic:

Animals in danger of becoming extinct
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