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Determining the Central Idea and Details

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Ms. Wright

on 8 September 2014

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Transcript of Determining the Central Idea and Details

Topic vs Central Idea
the text is about.
only 1-2 words
always included in the central idea

central idea
(formerly known as main idea) is
the most important information or idea
conveyed about a topic.
a complete sentence
always includes the topic
are the sentences in the text that provide more information about the topic.
The Process: Step 1
After reading a text ask yourself:

1. What or who is the text about? (topic)
The Process: Step 2
The Process: Step 3
Ask yourself:

3. What is the MOST IMPORTANT information about the topic. (central idea)
Is the Central Idea stated in the text?
The central idea is NOT always stated in the text it is often
Implied Central Idea
Implied means the central idea is NOT directly stated in the text.
Determining the Implied Central Idea
Once you identify the topic, you have to use the details and other information in the story to determine what the MOST IMPORTANT idea conveyed about the topic.
Determining the Central Idea and Details
LAFS.6-7.RI.1.2 - determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgements.
Ask yourself:

2. What information did the author provide about the topic? (details)
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