Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences


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Which of the following statements best defines the main idea of an essay?

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1. Which of the following statements is an example of a thesis statement?

2. Where are topic sentences generally found in writing? Why?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Communicating ideas to a reader requires focus and clarity. If the writer doesn't know which direction they are headed, the reader will become frustrated and lost. These assessment questions ask you to define and evaluate the use of main idea, thesis statement, and topic sentences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students will be quizzed on:

  • Components of writing
  • Where topic sentences are found
  • How to describe a main idea
  • Why a thesis statement is used

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge of the role of the main idea in essay writing
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define main phrases such as thesis statement and main idea
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained to identify the most important parts of writing

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about this topic, you can study the lesson, Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement, and Topic Sentences. Afterward, you should be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of a main idea
  • Analyze examples of thesis statements
  • Know how and where to use topic sentences
  • Understand how to organize writing