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Understanding Main Idea and Supporting Details as a Reading Strategy

Understanding Main Idea and Supporting Details as a Reading Strategy

 
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Author: Rebecca Oberg
Objective:

Regarding the concepts of main idea and supporting sentences:

Recognizing the main idea is the most important key to good comprehension. The main idea is a general “umbrella” idea; all the specific supporting material of the passage fits under it.
Three strategies that will help you find the main idea are to 1) look for general versus specific ideas; 2) use the topic (the general subject of a section) to lead you to the main idea; 3) use key words—verbal clues that lead you to a main idea.
The main idea often appears at the beginning of a paragraph, though it may appear elsewhere in a paragraph.

Major and minor details provide the added information you need to make sense of a main idea.
List words and addition words can help you find major and minor supporting details.
Outlining, mapping, and summarizing are useful note-taking strategies.
Outlines show the relationship between the main idea, major details, and minor details of a passage.
Maps are very visual outlines.
Writing a definition and summarizing an example is a good way to take notes on a new term.

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Main Ideas: The Basics

This informative slide show presentation gives learners not only definitions and examples of several key concepts related to main ideas, but also offers opportunities for practice and review.

Source: cmsweb1.lcps.org/50930820181545/lib/50930820181545/Main_Ideas_Ch_2.ppt, modified by Rebecca Oberg

Song: The Main Idea

This catchy song offers interesting examples of main ideas and supporting sentences.

Source: YouTube

Stated and Implied Main Ideas

This slide show presentation offers definitions and examples of stated and implied main ideas.

Source: Rebecca Oberg, McDougal Littell Reading Toolkit

Supporting Details: The Basics

This informative slide show presentation gives learners not only definitions and examples of several key concepts related to supporting details, but also offers opportunities for practice and review.

Source: cmsweb1.lcps.org/50930820181545/lib/50930820181545/Supporting_Details_Ch_3.ppt, modified by Rebecca Oberg

Practicing Paragraphs: Main Idea and Supporting Details

This slide show presentation offers learners a chance to really be inspired and practice their skills at creating paragraphs with strong main ideas and supporting details. Famous images from the Great Depression act as writing prompts for readers to practice this learning strategy.

Source: dstopsky.com/documents/.../GreatDepression/ImagesGreatDepression.ppt, modified by Rebecca Oberg

How to Write a Paragraph

This brief clip offers information on paragraph structure, which is intrinsically related to the concepts of main idea and supporting details.

Source: YouTube

Questions and Answers

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    katrina janier about 1 month ago

    Wat is supporting details

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    Malik Thomas over 1 year ago

    how do you find the main idea

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      Lolipony Ruby answered 8 months ago

      the writer usually write it in the first sentence. Nor you have to read the whole book to find out what happened.

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    soma sirwan almost 2 years ago

    what do the supporting idea show

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  • alexiz
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    alexiz — about 2 years ago

    give an example of mian idea and supporting details

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  • karina
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    karina — about 2 years ago

    what is a major supporting detail?

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      Kam k love answered almost 2 years ago

      i love grant zila he is my gizzy he is 15

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