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Main Idea What’s the Big Idea?

Main Idea What’s the Big Idea?

Main Idea The purpose of the paragraph or text • All information in the

Main Idea The purpose of the paragraph or text • All information in the paragraph should connect to the main idea • Some information is not as important • Good readers identify key ideas

Identifying Main Idea 1. Read the whole text. 2. Ask, “What is the author

Identifying Main Idea 1. Read the whole text. 2. Ask, “What is the author doing here? ” 3. Pay extra attention to the first and last sentence.

Example Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the

Example Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the surface of the moon, but they were not the last. That was Gene Cernan, the last man to step off the lunar surface. In total there have been twelve men who have walked on the moon, all of whom had done so between 1969 and 1972, which is the most recent non-Michael Jackson moon walking.

Understanding Main Idea You must comprehend the text. Focus on the BIGGEST idea. This

Understanding Main Idea You must comprehend the text. Focus on the BIGGEST idea. This paragraph is about moon walkers. Armstrong & Aldrin First Men on the Moon Cernan was the Last Man on the Moon 12 Men Have Walked On the Moon

Careful… Test writers may ask you: “Another good title for this passage would be…”

Careful… Test writers may ask you: “Another good title for this passage would be…” Or “Which makes the best proposition? ” It’s just a way of asking for the main idea.

Practice Summarize each passage in one sentence, including the main idea by saying what

Practice Summarize each passage in one sentence, including the main idea by saying what each paragraph is about.

This paragraph is about rare and valuable pennies. A penny for your thoughts? If

This paragraph is about rare and valuable pennies. A penny for your thoughts? If it’s a 1943 copper penny, it could be worth as much as fifty thousand dollars. In 1943, most pennies were made out of steel since copper was needed for World War II, so the 1943 copper penny is ultra-rare. Another rarity is the 1955 double die penny. These pennies were mistakenly double stamped, so they have overlapping dates and letters. If it’s uncirculated, it’d easily fetch $25, 000 at an auction. Now that’s a pretty penny.

This paragraph is about how reality television isn't always "real. " When one hears

This paragraph is about how reality television isn't always "real. " When one hears the term “reality” applied to a television show, one might expect that the events portrayed occurred naturally or, at the least, were not scripted, but this is not always the case. Many reality shows occur in unreal environments, like rented mansions occupied by film crews. Such living environments do not reflect what most people understand to be “reality. ” Worse, there have been accusations that events not captured on film were later restaged by producers. Worse still, some involved in the production of “reality” television claim that the participants were urged to act out story lines premeditated by producers. With such accusations floating around, it’s no wonder many people take reality TV to be about as real as the sitcom.

This paragraph is about physical features of Yellowstone Park. Yellowstone National Park is mainly

This paragraph is about physical features of Yellowstone Park. Yellowstone National Park is mainly located in Wyoming, although three percent is located in the state of Montana. The Continental Divide of North America runs diagonally through the southwestern part of the park. The park sits on the Yellowstone Plateau, which is an average elevation of 8, 000 feet above sea level. This plateau is bounded on nearly all sides by mountain ranges. There are 290 waterfalls that are at least fifteen feet in the park, the highest being the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, which falls 308 feet.

What is the this picture mainly about? State a few details.

What is the this picture mainly about? State a few details.

Supporting details • Supporting details are facts and ideas that explain the main idea

Supporting details • Supporting details are facts and ideas that explain the main idea of a paragraph. • They include key details and minor details. • Key details are those that directly explain the main idea, while minor details are those that add information.

Practice Find the details that support the main idea.

Practice Find the details that support the main idea.

This paragraph is about rare and valuable pennies. A penny for your thoughts? If

This paragraph is about rare and valuable pennies. A penny for your thoughts? If it’s a 1943 copper penny, it could be worth as much as fifty thousand dollars. In 1943, most pennies were made out of steel since copper was needed for World War II, so the 1943 copper penny is ultra-rare. Another rarity is the 1955 double die penny. These pennies were mistakenly double stamped, so they have overlapping dates and letters. If it’s uncirculated, it’d easily fetch $25, 000 at an auction. Now that’s a pretty penny.

This paragraph is about rare and valuable pennies. Details? A penny for your thoughts?

This paragraph is about rare and valuable pennies. Details? A penny for your thoughts? If it’s a 1943 copper penny, it could be worth as much as fifty thousand dollars. In 1943, most pennies were made out of steel since copper was needed for World War II, so the 1943 copper penny is ultra-rare. Another rarity is the 1955 double die penny. These pennies were mistakenly double stamped, so they have overlapping dates and letters. If it’s uncirculated, it’d easily fetch $25, 000 at an auction. Now that’s a pretty penny.

This paragraph is about how reality television isn't always "real. " When one hears

This paragraph is about how reality television isn't always "real. " When one hears the term “reality” applied to a television show, one might expect that the events portrayed occurred naturally or, at the least, were not scripted, but this is not always the case. Many reality shows occur in unreal environments, like rented mansions occupied by film crews. Such living environments do not reflect what most people understand to be “reality. ” Worse, there have been accusations that events not captured on film were later restaged by producers. Worse still, some involved in the production of “reality” television claim that the participants were urged to act out story lines premeditated by producers. With such accusations floating around, it’s no wonder many people take reality TV to be about as real as the sitcom.

This paragraph is about how reality television isn't always "real. “ Details? When one

This paragraph is about how reality television isn't always "real. “ Details? When one hears the term “reality” applied to a television show, one might expect that the events portrayed occurred naturally or, at the least, were not scripted, but this is not always the case. Many reality shows occur in unreal environments, like rented mansions occupied by film crews. Such living environments do not reflect what most people understand to be “reality. ” Worse, there have been accusations that events not captured on film were later restaged by producers. Worse still, some involved in the production of “reality” television claim that the participants were urged to act out story lines premeditated by producers. With such accusations floating around, it’s no wonder many people take reality TV to be about as real as the sitcom.

This paragraph is about physical features of Yellowstone Park. Yellowstone National Park is mainly

This paragraph is about physical features of Yellowstone Park. Yellowstone National Park is mainly located in Wyoming, although three percent is located in the state of Montana. The Continental Divide of North America runs diagonally through the southwestern part of the park. The park sits on the Yellowstone Plateau, which is an average elevation of 8, 000 feet above sea level. This plateau is bounded on nearly all sides by mountain ranges. There are 290 waterfalls that are at least fifteen feet in the park, the highest being the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, which falls 308 feet.

This paragraph is about physical features of Yellowstone Park. . Details? Yellowstone National Park

This paragraph is about physical features of Yellowstone Park. . Details? Yellowstone National Park is mainly located in Wyoming, although three percent is located in the state of Montana. The Continental Divide of North America runs diagonally through the southwestern part of the park. The park sits on the Yellowstone Plateau, which is an average elevation of 8, 000 feet above sea level. This plateau is bounded on nearly all sides by mountain ranges. There are 290 waterfalls that are at least fifteen feet in the park, the highest being the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, which falls 308 feet.