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Main Idea & Central Point

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on 5 December 2012

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Transcript of Main Idea & Central Point

Main Idea &Central Point Why So Important? Who or what the Paragraph is about. The topic can be stated in a few words. Main Idea: The main idea and central point are so important because it is the key concept to a passage. The main idea and central point are what ties your passage together. It is the basis of your whole entire reading. The Main Idea: Who or what the paragraph is talking about? The Central Point: Just as a single para. has a main idea, longer passages made up of two or more para's. also have a main idea, its called the central idea. You will often see the central point in a single sentence called the Thesis Statement. Implied Main Idea: To help you formulate the main idea you can ask yourself these questions: Central Point: Where the main idea of the passage is made up of two or more paragraphs found in a thesis statement. The topic; stated in a few words. Authors controlling point about the topic. It is usually includes the topic and the authors opinion or attitude about the topic. What is the authors controlling point about the topic? The main idea; Stated in one sentence. Main idea of the passage made up of two or more paragraphs. What is a thesis statement? A thesis statement states the topic and/or the controlling point of the paragraphs. The implied main idea is a sentence that you formulate by author's main point about the topic. Sometimes the author states the pain idea of a passage, however other paragraphs do not include a main idea, in these cases the details clearly suggest or imply the authors main idea. - What is the topic about? - What are the supporting details? - Based on the details what point is the author trying to get across? Implied Main Idea: To help you formulate the main idea you can ask yourself these questions: The implied main idea is a sentence that you formulate by author's main point about the topic. Sometimes the author states the pain idea of a passage, however other paragraphs do not include a main idea, in these cases the details clearly suggest or imply the authors main idea. - What is the topic about? - What are the supporting details? - Based on the details what point is the author trying to get across? Implied Central Point: To help formulate the implied central point you can ask yourself the same questions you used for the implied main idea Just as single paragraphs have implied main ideas, longer passages have can also have an implied main idea, this is called the implied central point and you usually find this in your thesis statement, but not all passages include this so you need to understand what the author is trying to get across and form your own thesis statement. - What is the topic about? - What are the supporting details? - Based on the details what point is the author trying to get across? Conclusion Comprehending the Main idea and Central Point is fairly easy, you just have to take time and make sure you understanding your reading fully or you wont be able to conclude the right topic of the passage. A way that helped me was thinking of it as an "Umbrella Idea" The main idea is the author's general point; all the other material of the paragraph fits under it.
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