How to Find an Essay’s Main Point and Its Supporting Sentences?


In this short post, I want to analyze if an opinion-based essay in Writing Commons, named “How to Care for Fluffy,” is clear and stays focused. This is a way for finding the guiding idea of the paper and its supporting statements.

How to Care for Fluffy

In “How to Care for Fluffy,” a Writing Commons’ webtext, the author emphasizes his guiding idea on the introductory paragraph’s last sentence. In the sentence, the author says, “it is important to follow…two simple tips to keep” Fluffy, a type of cat used as a home pet, “healthy and happy and purring contentedly.”

To ensure the effectiveness of his guiding idea, the writer continues to explain the two steps he mentioned in his essays’ main point. In the first proof, he proposes that Fluffy require to be taken “for checkups to maintain her health”. If Fluffy owners do this, he says, they “can keep her shots current and make sure she gets her necessary checkups.” As a result, the author hopes this “will make you both [the Fluffy and its owner] feel better in the long run.”

In the second proof, he continues to argue that if owners can offer Fluffy “plenty to do during play time”, the cat remains “happy.” As a helpful tip for attaining this, the author proposes that owners “to buy her toys at the local pet store.”


To me, both of the steps, the author is arguing for, are very persuasive. In each step, the author shows how Fluffy owners can implement his suggestion. This is helpful for those owners who can’t understand the know-how of the step. At the same time, he warns against any effect that step may lead to. In addition, he celebrates with owners what the end-result may look like. The writer of “How to Care for Fluffy” is truly a role model of junior writers who wish to write an opinion based essays.


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