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2 Lesson : The main Idea : June 29, July 13, August 10

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Transcript of 2 Lesson : The main Idea : June 29, July 13, August 10

Lesson 2: Objectives (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr Define the concept
of the Main Idea Avoid main idea mistakes Define a topic sentence Identify the main idea
of a paragraph, What is a Main Idea? The Main Idea is the
piece of information
that summarizes
the overall idea of a
paragraph or a section
of a text Hello!! In this lesson, we'll define the concept of Main
Idea We'll see how to identify the main ideas of a text
and how to avoid making common mistakes
when you're selecting a main idea How to find
the main idea? Sometimes the main idea
of a paragraph is directly stated
in a sentence, called the topic sentence. Topic sentence This sentence is often placed at the beginning of
a paragraph that directly introduces
the main idea of the text. Reading
Comprehension Once you know what the passage is mainly about, you may notice there is more information about it inside the passage. Supporting
Details These are called Supporting details help you better understand the main idea. Topic vs Main Idea Learn to identify wrong answers. Use the process of elimination to rule out
wrong answers. Wrong answers for main idea questions are often: Definition a) too broad – the answer covers too much, is too “big” in some way
b) too narrow – the answer is too restricted in outlook, too “small c) irrelevant – the answer is not directly related to the question d) incorrect – the answer distorts or contradicts facts in the passage
e) illogical – the answer is not supported by facts in the passage. In this lesson you learned the
concept of a Main idea, and how
to identify it in the text. Now, please, return to the platform
and practice what you learned. Indicate the difference between the main idea and a topic sentence A topic sentence is a sentence that captures the meaning of the entire paragraph or group of sentences. It tells what the passage is mainly about.
First, try to find a topic sentence in the paragraph or section of the text to use as a topic sentence. If you cannot find one, then write your own topic sentence by combining important ideas from several sentences. In the following example, the underlined sentence forms a good topic sentence for this passage: The Egyptian civilization was one of the most important cultures of the ancient world. This civilization flourished along the rich banks and delta of the Nile River for many centuries, from 3200 B.C. until the Roman conquest in 30 B.C. ...
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