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"Three Passions I Have Lived For" MI Activity

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Lindsay Petree

on 16 September 2014

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"Three Passions I Have Lived For" MI Activity
Try to predict what the Main Idea will be by reading the title
"Three Passions I Have Lived For"
Look in the first paragraph to find the MAIN IDEA
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.

Sum up each paragraph as you read.
Go back to what you read!
2nd Paragraph Infer:
Are there clues that tell you if the writer is referring to his love a friend, his children, his wife?
Underline any clues in the 2nd paragraph that help you decide.
Write your prediction in the margin of your paper
He is going to talk about 3 things in his life that are important to him
Example answer:
Underline the Main Idea
I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy—ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of my life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness—that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it, finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what—at last—I have found.
Paragraph 1:

Paragraph 2:

Paragraph 3:

Paragraph 4:
Write it in the margin
3 passions were love, knowledge, and pity for human kind
He finally found love-one of his passions.
He wanted to know things--equally with love.
Helping people brought him back to earth
1. Which statement best expresses the main idea of the passage?
A. The author is content with the way he lived his life.
B. The author's life was guided by his deep personal concerns.
C Love is the most significant value to shape the author's life.
D. Each of the author's passions was equally important to him.

Choice _______ is the correct answer.
Choice _______ is too specific
Choice _______ is too general.
Choice _______ isn't supported by the details in the passage.
While each of the other choices expresses a true statement about the reading, _______ is the statement that best summarizes the main idea of the passage.
2. In paragraph 2, the reader may infer that the writer is discussing
A. romantic love.
B. love for a friend.
C. love for one's children.
D. love for all of humanity.

The correct answer is choice _______.
The main clue to this answer is the phrase, "___________________," which calls to mind the union of marriage between a man and a woman.

union of love
also could have "ecstasy"
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