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  • 1. Main Ideas and Supporting Details
  • 2. What is the author trying to say about the following topic?
  • 3. Read these examples: Skateboarding is the best sport ever. Both girls and boys enjoy defying gravity. It is great exercise, and fun to watch besides. That's why so many towns build skateboard parks for recreation.
  • 4. Skateboarding is the worst sport ever. It is very dangerous and often harms innocent bystanders. Skateboarders do dumb things like grab onto cars, and skate in the street. It should be outlawed.
  • 5. What is the first main idea of the first paragraph? (The main idea of a story tells you what the entire story is about. You should be able to tell the main idea of a story in just one sentence. You can also think of the main idea as the reason a story was written.) Let’s look again…
  • 6. : Skateboarding is the best sport ever. Both girls and boys enjoy defying gravity, it is great exercise, and fun to watch besides. That's why so many towns build skateboard parks for recreation.
  • 7. The main idea of the first paragraph is….. Is there other, more specific information in the paragraph that supports this main idea?
  • 8. What are supporting details? Supporting details are examples and extra information that help you understand the main idea.
  • 9. When you are looking for the main idea of a paragraph and the supporting details think of a hand .
  • 10. What is the first main idea of the second paragraph? Let’s look again…
  • 11. Skateboarding is the worst sport ever. It is very dangerous and often harms innocent bystanders. Skateboarders do dumb things like grab onto cars, and skate in the street. It should be outlawed.
  • 12. The main idea of the second paragraph is…..
  • 13. What are supporting details?
  • 14. Let’s look at the this paragraph. Sally went shopping after school Friday and all day on Saturday, and she bought a lot of new outfits. On Sunday her mother took her to the outlet mall so she could finish buying clothes for the new school year. She also bought school supplies so she would be prepared for her classes.
  • 15. What is the main idea of this paragraph? What are some supporting details in this paragraph? Sally bought new outfits. Sally bought school supplies.
  • 16. Why do we need supporting details? Supporting details help you get a better picture of the story. They give you more information. Often, this information will reach one or more of your five senses.