Determining Your Main Ideas

Read the chapter 10 introduction and section 10.1. Your main points are a combination of your topic, purpose, and strategy. For example, if your topic is cats and your purpose is to inform your audience, then your specific purpose might be to inform your audience of the differences in cat breeds. "Differences" is a keyword associated with the strategy and pattern of using contrast. Keep this relationship in mind. Attempt the questions at the end of the section.