HAVE YOU EVERREAD A BOOK, BUT NOTUNDERSTOOD WHAT YOUVE READ?
THAN, YOU SHOULDFIGURE OUT WHAT THE MAIN IDEA IS. A MAIN IDEA IS WHEN YOUSUMMARIZE WHATYOUVE READ IN 2 OR 3 SENTENCES.
There are 3commonmistakeswhen itcomes to main ideas.
The firstcommon mistakeis when you makea main idea thatis too narrow. The second common mistake is when you make a main idea that is too broad.The third commonmistake is when youmake a main ideathat is so complexbecause the authortalked about it alot, but the mainidea is the oppositeof what you think.
One way to avoid having a main Idea too narrow, is byincluding the major details in your main idea.
A way to avoid having a main ideathat is too broad, is by looking at the big picture,not just what is in every paragraph.
One method that you can use to avoid having a main idea that is complex, butthe opposite, is by readingthe passage carefully, and dont choose a main idea that sounds right, choose an answer that has to do with what youve read.
Main ideas are used in manydifferent ways. Writers choose atopic and write about it. That isthe main idea. If there is a bookthat youve read, that has so manydetails and is overwhelming,then Find The main idea. DetermineWhat the passage is mostlyabout.
Here are someexamples for you.after each example you will see the correct answer. Good luck!
Julia, Emily, and Jamie bakedsome cupcakes. Jamie put abucket load of sprinkles andpurple icing on her cupcake.Emily and Julia put a little bit ofsprinkles and pink icing on their cupcake. What is the main idea?
a) jamie put a lot of sprinkleson her cupcakeb) Emily and julia put pinkicing on their cupcakesc) Jamie, Julia, and Emily bakedcupcakes. If you guessed c, than you are correct.
Bob, Fred, and John went toa birthday party. John wentswimming, and Bob andFred ate the treats. They allgot balloons and gift bagsat the end of the party.What is the main idea?
a) The 3 boys got gift bagsand balloonsb) They all went to a partyc) Fred and Bob ate the treats If you guessed b, then you are correct.
Ben, Julie, and Katemade a chart aboutpopular ice creamﬂavors. 11 out of 32kids like vanilla, and 21out 32 like chocolate.What is the main idea?
a) Ben, Julie, andKate make a charton popular icecream flavorsb) 11 out of 32 kidslike vanillac) 21 out of 32 kidslike chocolate If you guessed a, then you are correct.
Five kids wereplaying outside.Then, their parentstold them to comein. The kids askedthem why, and theirparents told them abear was in theneighborhood. Nextweek, the bear wasgone, so the kidsplayed outside. Whatis the main idea?
a) The kids asked their parents what was going on b) The kids played outside c) The parents told them there was a bear in the neighborhoodIf you guessed c,then you are correct.
Maxs mom knew today was the day. Maxasked his mom what was so special abouttoday. Maxs dad told him that he needs topack. After Max packed his things, theyleft. When he got there, he screamed. Hewas going to Universal Studios! When Maxcame home, he was so happy! What is the main idea?
a) Maxs dad toldhim to packb) Max screamedc) Maxs momsurprised himand took him toUniversalStudios If you guessed c, then you are correct.
Emily was worried becausewhen she woke up, her parentswerent home. They left a notethat said that they were pickingup a surprise. Emily went toher friends house and discussedthe note. When Emily gothome, she saw her mom, dad,and a baby sister! Emily huggedher parents and thanked them.What is the main idea?
a) Emily talked to herfriendb) Emily got a babysisterc) emily read the note If you guessed b, then you are correct.
Snakes are amazingcreatures. They arevery smart. the waysnakes smell is byusing their tongue.Snakes are in thereptile family. Theyhelp rid areas ofrodents.What is themain idea?
a) snakes are amazingcreaturesb) snakes are smartc) never mess with asnake If you guessed a, then you are correct.
Have you ever wanted morethan one job? Well long ago,it wasnt very easy to getmore than one job. That iswhy Rachel Carson had towork very hard. She wantedto be a writer and a biologist.She got sick very often, butkept on working. She learneda valuable lesson. If you puteffort into anything, and youwill accomplish anything.What is the main idea?
a) rachel carsonwanted to be a writerand a biologistb) it was hard backthen to have more than1 jobc) put effort intoanything, and you willaccomplish anything
Now after readingthis, i hope that youunderstand what amain idea is. wediscussed the threecommon mistakes, andhow we can avoidthem. We did somepractices, and welearned what a mainidea is. Learn moreevery day!
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