A poster highlighting how to find the main idea when reading a piece of text.
Information on the poster includes:
The main idea of a text is the most important point that the author is making about the topic.
The details are the key points that support the main idea.
To find the main idea when you are reading, you can:
- read the title and look at the cover for clues
- think about and identify the important information
- look for repeated words, pictures, information, themes or ideas
- ask yourself, “What is the text mostly about?”
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Common Core Curriculum alignment
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
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