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  • 1. Presented by: Professor L. Street
  • 2. Main idea What is the key point
  • 3. Journal Activity  http://www.slideshare.net/libyan/carrots-eggs-and- coffee
  • 4. KEY TERMS TERM DEFINITION Main Idea The most important idea. Topic Sentence The most important point of a paragraph when directly stated Thesis The most important point of an essay or longer reading. Explicit (main idea) The most important point expressed in one sentence in the reading Implied (main idea) The most important point hinted at in the paragraph.
  • 5. Main idea (each paragraph)  Identifying the main idea provides the opportunity to gain the full understanding of the text.  Who/what is important in the story? What is being talked about the most/focused on?  Topic + controlling thought = Main idea  Main idea is a lot like using tweeter. You want to keep your ideas short and to the point, leaving out the unnecessary.
  • 6. Topic Sentence  Topic sentence often placed at the beginning of a paragraph that directly states or suggest the Main Idea/Topic of the text.  Topic – the topic is the subject matter being discussed in the reading selection.  It will be no longer than 2-3 words.  A topic is not the title.
  • 7. SUPPORTING DETAILS  Supporting details are statements that support a topic sentence. They explain, describe, define, or give information about the main idea.
  • 8. TWO TYPES OF SUPPORTS  MAJOR DETAIL – This detail directly supports and explains the central main idea  MINOR DETAIL – Clearly supports and explains the major detail.
  • 9. TWO TYPES OF SUPPORTS  MAJOR DETAIL – This detail directly supports and explains the central main idea  MINOR DETAIL – Clearly supports and explains the major detail.

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