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How to Identify or Develop the "Main Idea" in a Paragraph
Transcript of How to Identify or Develop the "Main Idea" in a Paragraph
I know what this means
I sort of know what this means
I don't know what this means.
The main idea tells us what we are talking about or representing visually, or in words.
The main idea answers the question, WHAT? What is this about?
In a PARAGRAPH, we can identify the main idea by looking for
the first sentence or "topic" sentence
repeated words or phrases
A paragraph consists of a group of sentences that work together to support a main idea. There is generally ONE sentence which sums up the main idea or point of the paragraph. The other sentences provide “supporting details” which explain or tell the reader more about the main idea.
What is a "Paragraph"?
Main Ideas and Details: Practice Exercise