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Main Idea & Details

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Transcript of Main Idea & Details

Main Idea

&
Supporting Details

It's important to look for
MAIN IDEAS
when we read.
1. is the
most important idea
in a paragraph
A main idea...
Supporting details
There are many fun things to do at the beach. Swimming is one thing that can be done at the beach. Snorkeling is another thing that can be enjoyed. Playing beach volleyball can be a lot of fun. It is also fun to look for shells. Some people simply like to sunbathe.
Let's practice!
Why?
What is a
main idea
?
2. tells what the paragraph is
all about
1. tell you
more
about the
main idea
by explaining or describing it
2. help you
better understand
the main idea
1. What is the
main idea
?
3. can be found at the
beginning or

end
of the paragraph
Example
The rain forest is home to many creatures.

Monkeys, toucans and macaws live in the rain forest. Blue Morpho butterflies and anteaters also live in the rain forest.
Main idea!
But, what do we call all those
other sentences
in the paragraph?
Example
The rain forest is home to many creatures.
Monkeys, toucans and macaws live in the rain forest. Blue Morpho butterflies and anteaters also live in the rain forest.
How
do

these
details

explain

the main idea
?
What are they describing?
There are many fun things to do at the beach.
2. Name some
supporting details
that show
there are many things to do at the beach!
Lets learn some more with the help of Tim and Moby!

Click the following link:
http://www.brainpop.com/english/writing/mainidea/

Let's listen to a song about it:
Activities online:

http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/h/supportingdetailsl.cfm

http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/h/suppoertingdetailsp2.cfm

http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/h/mainideap2.cfm

http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/h/mainideap3.cfm
To summarize:
The main idea can be an opinion, argument, or a general idea about the topic.
Supporting details
are sentences that have information that helps explain and prove the author's point.
For further practice try one of the following activities.
Framed Oral Recap
• May involve two students (turn and talk) or whole group.
• Use one of the sentence stems:
“Today, I realized….,”
“Now I know…,” and
“The Most Significant thing I learned was…”
• Discuss what you learned in the lesson speaking with one of the sentence stems.
C.O.
TLW analyze the difference between the Main Idea and Supporting Details in a passage.

L.O.
TLW listen and speak in cooperative groups in a Framed Oral Recap about Main Idea and supporting Details.
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