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Implied Main Ideas

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Cindy Zepeda

on 17 February 2016

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Transcript of Implied Main Ideas

The devil is in the details...
To find an Implied Main Idea
Add up the details.
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 and visit 2,000,000 plants to produce one pound of honey.
Addition Words
one
first
first of all
for one thing
to begin with
another
second
also
Implied Main Ideas
Looking Below the Surface
Detail + Detail + Detail = Main Idea
in addition
next
moreover
furthermore
last
last of all
finally
Are you one of the millions of people who are terrified of going to the dentist? You should know that some dentists actually specialize in treating people who are very fearful of dental work. These dentists encourage patients to discuss their fears and will answer questions in an honest, understanding manner. Even if your dentist does not have such a specialty, you can arrange with him or her to use a signal, such as raising your right hand, if you experience too much pain. This will give you a feeling of control and the assurance that the pain--if any-- will not go beyond what you can tolerate. You can also try the relaxation technique of breathing deeply, before and during appointments. A last good idea is to bring headphones and listen to your favorite music in the dental chair. It's hard for the brain to register pain when your favorite rap group or classical musician is filling your head.
To find an Implied Main Idea...
Add up the details
Look for repeated words
Look for Addition Words that signal a supporting detail

Look for repeated words
Look for Addition Words that signal a supporting detail
To find the topic, ask
"Who or what is the selection about?"
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 and visit 2,000,000 plants to produce one pound of honey.
Honeybees
Honeybees
Now, add up the details
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 and visit 2,000,000 plants to produce one pound of honey.

Detail: Honeybees travel up to four miles.
Detail: They communicate by wiggle-dancing.
Detail: A hive can travel up to 55,000 miles and visit 2M plants to make 1 lb of honey.
Honeybees

Implied Main Idea: Honeybees are hard workers.
To find the Implied Central Idea in a longer passage...
Do the same thing.
Find the topic. (Who or what is it about?)
Add up the supporting details. (What is the point the author is trying to make about the topic?)
When you think you know the central idea, test it. (Does all or most of the material in the passage support this idea?)
Once you've found the Implied Main Idea, test it.
Does all or most of the material in the paragraph support this idea?
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 and visit 2,000,000 plants to produce one pound of honey.

Detail: Honeybees travel up to four miles.
Detail: They communicate by wiggle-dancing.
Detail: A hive can travel up to 55,000 miles and visit 2M plants to make 1 lb of honey.
1. What is the topic of the paragraph?
A. Dentists
B. Ways to relax
C. Better communication with your dentist
D. Less scary dental visits


2. Which statement best expresses the unstated main idea?
A. Millions of people are frightened of visits to the dentist.
B. There are ways to make visits to the dentist less painful and frightening.
C. There are dentists who specialize in treating patients who are very fearful of dental work.
D. If you are frightened of going to the dentist, try the relaxation technique of breathing deeply before and during appointments.
One
of the reasons for
lying
is to save face. For example, you might pretend to remember someone at a party in order to save that person from the embarrassment of being forgotten. A
second
reason for
lying
is to avoid tension or conflict. You might, for instance, say you really like a friend's new hairstyle or a new outfit in order to prevent the hassle that would result if you expressed your real feelings.
Lies
are
also
told in order to make everyday relationships run smoothly. You might pretend to be glad to see someone you dislike, or you might fake interest in a person's boring stories just to make a social event pass quickly. An
additional
reason for
lying
is to expand or reduce relationships. In one study, a majority of college students willingly
lied
to improve their chances of getting a date with an attractive partner. Sometimes people
lie
to reduce interaction with others: "I really have to go. I should be studying for a test tomorrow." A
final
reason for
lying
is to gain power. A person might turn down a last-minute request for a date by claiming to be busy, saying in effect, "Don't expect me to sit around waiting for you to call."
1. What is the
topic
?
2. What is the implied main idea?
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 and visit 2,000,000 plants to produce one pound of honey.

Detail: Honeybees travel up to four miles.
Detail: They communicate by wiggle-dancing.
Detail: A hive can travel up to 55,000 miles and visit 2M plants to make 1
lb of honey.
= Implied Main Idea
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