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Main Idea

The author's most important point
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Jennifer Massie

on 18 July 2013

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Transcript of Main Idea

In clear communication:
Identifying the main idea is the most important of all the reading skills
Key Words
can help
*Easily recognizable verbal clues


List Words
several ways of…
several causes of…
some factors in…
various reasons for…

Addition Words
first of all
furthermore
in addition
Topic is the general subject of the writing piece
One word or short phrase
Ask yourself ‘who’ or ‘what’ the selection is about


TV Violence (topic)
It is now known that TV violence affects people negatively. (main idea)

One
main/general idea
is supported by specific ideas

Television violence affects people negatively.
more fearful and suspicious of others
less upset about real-life violence
increases aggressive behavior in children
MAIN IDEA
The main idea can be anywhere within a paragraph. Often it is at or near the beginning. It also appears in the middle. However, as in a thesis statement, it may be at the end of a paragraph. Main ideas can also be mentioned at the beginning and then repeated or restated at the end. Finally, some main ideas are implied rather than stated; you may have to look harder for these.
Location, location, location
Controlling/Main Idea
The Main Idea
is the author’s general point.
The author's point
Topic
Supporting details
To find the main idea, look for
Topic
General vs Specific ideas
Key words
Cars
Topic
Cars
Main Idea:
Cars
An example is the Toyota Prius.
Cars
Economy cars get good gas mileage.
Supporting Detail
Topic = Cars
General or Specific?
CLUES
CLUES
General vs. Specific
CLUES
CLUES

CLUES
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http://www.1.blogspot.com
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Writers and Speakers Readers and Listeners
Make a point
Recognize the point
Support the point
Recognize support for
the point
Topic: Cars
Main Idea: Economy cars get good gas mileage.
Supporting Idea: An example is the Toyota Prius.
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