Understanding Main Idea

Role and Purpose of Main Idea

The ______ ________ of a reading selection is its _______ and mos...
When the main idea is not stated but is a __________ of the information from

the reading, this is called an _________ ma...
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  1. 1. Understanding Main Idea Role and Purpose of Main Idea The ______ ________ of a reading selection is its _______ and most ____________ idea. In other words, what the reading is mostly about. The main idea can appear ___________in the reading selection (beginning, middle, or end). The main idea is __________ with supporting _____________. The supporting details _______ more _____________ about the main idea. Examples of supporting details are ________, statistics, ________, names, ____________ , and other information. Questions to help you identify the main idea What is the __________ of the reading selection? What does the _________ want _______ to know about that topic? Stated or Implied Main Idea When the main idea is stated __________ in one sentence in the reading, this is called a __________main idea.
  2. 2. When the main idea is not stated but is a __________ of the information from the reading, this is called an _________ main idea. Strategy to Identify Main Idea T-Note Format-Put main idea here. Main Idea Details/Examples 1. 1. 2. 3. 2. 1. 2. 3. 3. 1. 2. 3. Helpful Websites: http://www.nvcc.edu/home/lyoung/dogwood/default.html http://www.billericareads.org/mainidea.htm
  3. 3. http://www.nvcc.edu/home/lyoung/dogwood/MIact/MainIdea.html

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