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Copy of Main Idea and Details

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Roberto Gorostieta

on 21 March 2013

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What's the Main Idea? The Main Idea is... Let's watch this BrainPop video and see if we can identify other ways to find the main idea! http://www.brainpop.com/english/writing/mainidea/ •The point of the passage!

•It’s the Big Picture!

•It is what the author wants you to know! Isn't the Topic of a passage the main idea? Let's Practice Now, let's Practice Finding Main Idea in ... Poetry! Implied Main Idea is
not stated directly in the text! Stated Main Idea
is written directly in the text! - Ask this question: "What is this passage about?"

- Then in your own words, explain the answer in one short sentence.

- See if you can identify a sentence in the text that most closely fits with your summary. - Ask this question: "What does each of the details in the passage have in common?"

- Then, in your own words, find the common idea among all the details in the passage and the author's point about this idea.

- Compose a short sentence stating the idea and what the author says about the idea. Two Types of Main Idea How do I identify this? How do I identify this? Finding Main Idea in Text Even with eyes protected by the green, spectacles, Dorothy and her friends were at first dazzled by the brilliancy of the wonderful City. The streets were lined with beautiful houses all built of green marble and studded everywhere with sparkling emeralds. They walked over the pavement of the same green marble, and where the blocks were joined together were rows of emeralds, set closely, and glittering in the brightness of the sun. The window panes were of green glass; even the sky about the City had a green tint, and the rays of the sun were green. Wolves are predators that live and hunt in family groups called packs. Their prey ranges from mice and rabbits to deer and moose. They work together to catch and kill prey. Then all the wolves share in the feast.
Wolf packs range in size from as few as two or as many as 30 members. Every pack is headed by a single leader, or alpha, and his mate. The alpha directs all the pack activities, and he and his mate may be the only ones in the pack to have pups. Pup rearing is a family affair, with all pack members helping. Some wolves even babysit pups while the rest of the pack hunts.
Wolves communicate with each other using body language, such as tail wags, and sounds, such as barks, growls, whimpers, and howls. They don’t just howl at the moon. Howling is a wolf’s way of saying, “This is our territory,” or “Hey, the rest of the pack is over here!” It turns out that wolves have a lot to say – especially about living and working together. Benjamin Franklin was an accomplished inventor and scientist. Franklin was mainly a printer by profession, but he also investigated natural phenomena, such as ocean currents and lightning. His marine research led to his publication of a map of the Gulf Stream currents. Franklin developed theories about electricity, made famous by his experiment with a kite and a key during a lighting storm. As a result of his work with electricity, Franklin invented the lightning rod, which protected buildings from lighting strikes. Always curious and imaginative, Franklin also invented the bifocal glasses, the Franklin stove, and odometer for carriages and a musical instrument called a glass armonica. He investigated evaporation as a cooling technique and designed nautical enhancements, including watertight compartments. “A Fall Song”
Golden and red trees
Nod to the soft breeze,
As it whispers, “Winter is near;”
And the brown nuts fall
At the wind’s loud call,
For this is the Fall of the year.

Goodbye, sweet flowers!
Through bright Summer hours
You have filled our hearts with cheer
We shall miss you so,
And yet you must go,
For this is the Fall of the year.

Now the days grow cold,
As the year grows old,
And the meadows are brown and sere;
Brave robin redbreast
Has gone from his nest,
For this is the Fall of the year.

I do softly pray
At the close of day,
That the little children, so dear,
May as purely grow
As the fleecy snow
That follows the Fall of the year. “Before Winter”

The wind is crying in the night,
Like a lost child;
The waves break wonderful and white
And wild.
The drenched sea-poppies swoon along
The drenched sea-wall,
And there's an end of summer and of song -
An end of all.

The fingers of the tortured boughs
Gripped by the blast
Clutch at the windows of your house
Closed fast.
And the lost child of love, despair,
Cries in the night,
Remembering how once those windows were
Open and bright. 3. In “Before Winter”, the author compares the wind to

A.a child

4. Which word best describes how the author of “Before Winter” seems to feel about the end of summer?


5. The second stanza of “Before Winter” describes:

A.a scared child crying outside a house
B.flowers blowing in the wind outside the windows of a house
C.branches flowing in the wind near the windows of a house
D.the wind calmly blowing against the windows of a house 6. Both “A Fall Song” and “Before Winter” are mostly about the
A. damage caused by storms
B. wind and rain
C. way that wind frightens children
D. arrival of autumn

7. In both “A Fall Song” and “Before Winter”, the authors seem to view the change of season with

B.great joy
C.a sense of loss
D.fear NO!
The topic is the person, place, or thing that the passage is mostly about! What is the topic of the passage?
What words or ideas are stressed?
What important details does the passage cover?
What is the passage's main idea?
Is the main idea stated, or implied? Let's answer some questions? The Wonderful City of Oz What is the topic of this passage? _________________________
Was the main idea stated, or implied? ____________________ Main Idea detail detail detail Benjamin Franklin What is the topic of this passage? __________________
Was the main idea stated, or implied? _______________ You choose what way you want to identify the main idea! Are you going to use the questions, or the concept map? What are details?

The details are the sentences that support the main idea of the passage! 1. In “A Fall Song”, the robin has left his nest because he wants to

A. live near the water
B. escape the cold weather
C. fly in the meadow
D. fly in the snow

2. In the first stanza of “A Fall Song”, the speaker is describing

A. flowers dying before winter
B. the children of autumn
C. the trees and leaves in autumn
D. the birds leaving their nests
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