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8: Supporting Materials

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    • 8.1: Why Supporting Materials are Needed
      This chapter is about supporting materials: what they are, what they do, and how to use them effectively. But you have already been thinking about how to support your ideas when you were researching and crafting a central idea and main points.
    • 8.2: Types of Supporting Materials
      Essentially, there are seven types of supporting materials: examples, narratives, definitions, descriptions, historical and scientific fact, statistics, and testimony. Each provides a different type of support, and you will want to choose the supporting materials that best help you make the point you want to get across to your audience.
    • 8.3: Attention Factors and Supporting Materials
      In this section, we will look more deeply at attention and how you can use supporting materials to keep the audience’s attention in addition to the important functions of clarifying and proving ideas.
    • 8.4: Other Resources and Chapter Activities
      Students and faculty can find additional resources and learning activities to supplement the chapter's reading material.

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