Focus Statement = topic + (main ideas X 3)


Example...
Topic: curbside recycling pickup should be provided by the city
Main Idea 1: it sends a positive message to neighbors
Main Idea 2: it would make recycling less inconvenient
Main Idea 3: it would save landfill space (and help save the environment)

Final Focus Statement:
Curbside recycling pickup should be provided by the city because it will send a positive message to neighbors, recycling will become more convenient, and landfill space will be conserved.