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Finding the main idea

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Tamara Williams

on 21 March 2014

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Transcript of Finding the main idea

Follow the steps
Finding the Main Idea
What is this selection about?
*Main idea is the major topic of what you read and write

*Main idea is usually in the introduction

*Sometimes the main idea is stated or implied
The main idea is supported by related details
in the paragraph
What information does the author
use to support or prove the main
Read carefully for the details that are
suggested or implied
What is the author trying to tell me about the topic?
Underline supporting details
Honeybees are hard workers. Honeybees travel up to four miles to find nectar for honey. When a bee finds nectar it does a wiggle dance to
tell the other bees where the nectar is.
Other worker bees then head out to the source.
All in all, a hive of bees can travel up to 55,000 miles.

What is the main idea?

A. Honeybees are hard workers.
B. Honey is made from nectar.
C. Honeybees work together.
What is the main idea?
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.
You must comprehend the text.

Focus on the BIGGEST idea.
This paragraph is about moon walkers
Armstrong and Aldrin
First men on the moon
Twelve men have
walked on the moon.
Cernan was the last Man on the Moon
Implied Main Idea

How far is it to the Sun? It's so far that it's hard to comprehend. In actual distance, it's approximately 93 million miles. The distance changes slightly as the Earth travels around the Sun. Suppose it were possible to take a jetliner there. Traveling at a little over 550 mph, it would take nearly 20 years to get there. Even if you could travel at 25,000 mph, it would take five months to reach the Sun.
A. How far is it to the sun?
B. It is so far to the sun it is hard to comprehend.
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