What is a
supporting detail?

Supporting details help you to better understand the main idea. 

Supporting details answer the questions of
who, what, when and where.

When writing a paragraph it is important to have details that support (tell about) your main idea. These details are called supporting details.

Let's look at some supporting details together.

Lizards are animals that come in all shapes and sizes.  Some lizards look like snakes, and others look like crocodiles.  The smallest lizard is a few inches long.  The largest lizard is longer than a man.



The supporting details that help us better understand lizards are:

Some lizards look like snakes.
Some lizards look like crocodiles.
The smallest lizard is a few inches
   long.
The largest lizard is longer than a
   man.

 

Many animals sleep during the winter when the weather is cold.  Frogs and snakes sleep all through the winter.  They go into a deep sleep and do not wake up until the weather is warm.  Bats and squirrels do not sleep the whole winter.  They might wake up if the weather gets warm. 

The supporting details that help us better understand animals during the winter are:

Frogs and snakes sleep all winter.
Frogs and snakes go into a deep sleep.
Bats and squirrels don't sleep the
   whole winter.
Bats and squirrels might wake up if
  the weather warms up.
Castles are large homes made of stone that people lived in long ago.  Kings, emperors, or important people lived in castles.  Castles were built on a hill, and  villages grew up around them. The supporting details that help us better understand castles are:

Kings, emperors or important people
  lived in castles.
Castles were built on a hill.
Villages grew up around a castle.

 

 

Always remember supporting details help you better understand the main idea! 


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