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Finding Main Ideas


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Finding Main Ideas

  1. 1. What do you do during your free time?
  2. 2.  It is the central, or most important, idea in a paragraph or passage.
  3. 3.  The main idea may be stated or it may be implied.  The main idea may be stated in the first sentence of a paragraph and then be repeated or restated at the end of the paragraph.
  4. 4. 1. Who or what is the paragraph about? 2. What aspect or idea about the ‘who’ or ‘what’ is the author concerned with?
  5. 5. LET’S TRY!
  6. 6. It is often said that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but this isn’t true. Go ask the forest rangers. Rangers who spend their summers as fire- fighters will tell you that every thundershower brings several bolts of lightning to their lookout stations. Notice that the first sentence tells what the paragraph is about; the sentences that follow support the idea stated in the first sentence.
  7. 7. Costs were low that year and the output high. There was a good person for each job and the market remained firm. There were no losses from fire. All in all it was the best years in the history of the company. Note that the first three sentences give details to explain why it was the best year in the company’s history.
  8. 8. There are great numbers of deer around here. This whole area is a great country for hunters and fishermen. There are bears, mountain lions, and coyotes. To the east there are streams full of trout, and there are ducks and geese. The author begins and ends with examples. The main idea is stated in the second sentence.
  9. 9. QUIZ
  10. 10. How is the finding of main ideas related to reading with comprehension?
  11. 11. It is important to find main ideas when reading. Main ideas help readers remember important information.
  12. 12. Get a book of your choice. It may be one you’ve already read or would like to read. Read the book. Choose a paragraph and then find the main idea of that paragraph. Next, copy the paragraph on a sheet of paper. Then, identify the main idea by underlining it or highlighting it with a marker. Finally, make an illustration of the main idea to share. Be creative and have fun!