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Main Idea/Supporting Ideas

Graphic organizers can be useful for showing a main idea and details, facts, and/or arguments that support it. These graphic organisers can be used for analyzing a paragraph, a story, a scientific concept, a position that you hold, or any idea.

Many different types of graphic organizers can be used for showing a main idea and its supporting details, including star organizers, trees, fishbone organizers, and charts.

Paragraph Structure Graphic Organizer Printouts:
 Paragraph StructureA simple diagram for writing a basic paragraph with a topic sentence, support details, and a conclusion sentence. Paragraph Structure: 2 Supporting IdeasA simple diagram for writing a basic paragraph with a topic sentence, two support details, and a conclusion sentence. Paragraph Structure: 3 Supporting IdeasA simple diagram for writing a basic paragraph with a topic sentence, three support details, and a conclusion sentence.

Printouts Useful for Persuasive Arguments:
 Persuasion Chart PrintoutThree AlternativesThis chart prompts the student to state the position, list three supporting arguments, and list three facts/examples for each alternative. Persuasion Tree PrintoutThree ArgumentsThis tree diagram prompts the student to state the position, list three supporting arguments, and list three facts/examples for each alternative.

Blank Printouts:
 5-pointed Star Diagram Printout5 blank triangles available around the main pentagonal topic space. 6-pointed Star Diagram Printout6 blank triangles available around the main hexagonal topic space. 7-pointed Star Diagram Printout7 blank triangles available around the main topic space. 8-pointed Star Diagram Printout8 blank triangles available around the octagonal main topic space. 5 Circle Options Diagram Printout5 circles around a main oval. 6 Circle Options Diagram Printout6 circles around a main oval. 7 Circle Options Diagram Printout7 circles around a main oval. 8 Circle Options Diagram Printout8 circles around a main oval. 4 Square Options Diagram Printout4 squares around a main square. 5 Square Options Diagram Printout5 squares around a main pentgaon. 6 Square Options Diagram Printout6 squares around a main hexagon. 8 Square Options Diagram Printout8 squares around a main square. 5-petal Flower Diagram Printout5 petals available around the main oval. 6-petal Flower Diagram Printout6 petals available around the main oval. 7-petal Flower Diagram Printout7 petals available around the oval. 8-petal Flower Diagram Printout8 petals available around the oval. 5-option Oval Diagram Printout5 options around a central oval. 6-option Oval Diagram Printout6 options around a central oval. 7-option Oval Diagram Printout7 options around a central oval. 8-option Oval Diagram Printout8 options around a central oval. Fishbone Diagram PrintoutA fishbone diagram with four ribs (each with 2 levels of detail). Fishbone Diagram PrintoutA fishbone diagram with four ribs (each with 3 levels of detail). Fishbone Diagram PrintoutA fishbone diagram with four ribs (each with 4 levels of detail). Fishbone Diagram PrintoutA fishbone diagram with four ribs (each with 5 levels of detail). Fishbone Diagram PrintoutA fishbone diagram with six ribs (each with 2 levels of detail). Fishbone Diagram PrintoutA fishbone diagram with six ribs (each with 3 levels of detail). Fishbone Diagram PrintoutA fishbone diagram with six ribs (each with 4 levels of detail). Fishbone Diagram PrintoutA fishbone diagram with eight ribs (each with 3 levels of detail). Fishbone Diagram PrintoutA fishbone diagram with eight ribs (each with 4 levels of detail). Fishbone Diagram PrintoutA fishbone diagram with eight ribs (each with 5 levels of detail).

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