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Finding the Main Idea and Summarizing

Finding the Main Idea and Summarizing

Author: Alexis Salinas

RI.4.2. Determine the main idea of a text and explain
how it is supported by key details; summarize the

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What is the Main Idea??

The main idea of a story is the most important or central part. 

Watch this video to learn more about finding the Main Idea of a story!

Click on the short story below and find the main idea.

How do we Summarize??

Summarizing is NOT recopying the story, a summary includes main details and important ideas to create a shorter version of the story. 

This video lays out some steps you can use to help you summarize.

Click on the short story below and summarize it in 3 sentences.


Individually create a google doc, on your google doc write a short story that is a minimum of 8 sentence. The doc will be shared with 1 partner. Each partner will read the story and try to come up with the main idea their partner was trying to achieve.