Main Idea Lesson 1
Here is an animated PowerPoint lesson on main idea. The slideshow explains main idea and how to identify it in a text. There is also a practice activity at the end of the lesson with five practice problems.
Are you looking for main idea worksheets and resources? This page features a collection of high-quality worksheets and a PowerPoint lesson! Many students have difficulties identifying main ideas in nonfiction texts. I hope that these resources will help.
Identifying main ideas may come simply and naturally to good readers. But it is actually a two or three step process. Struggling readers may trip up on any one of those steps. Here are some practice activities. Students can try to identify the main idea in a variety of texts with these main idea worksheets.
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I teach GED classes and these worksheets are so helpful in teaching main idea and supporting details. Any chance that you would make more? I love that they are rigorous and appropriate for adult learners. (i.e. not adorned with kiddo art.)
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Meli/ February 4, 2015
Is main idea and central idea the same thing? The concept of central idea has caused me much confusion. Thank you in advance!
Mr. Morton/ March 2, 2015
They sound like the same thing to me. Anybody who says otherwise is just being pedantic.
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Love your work. Been using the lessons and worksheets to prepare my daughter for common core. I was looking for lessons and worksheets on your website that relate to this common core objective. Any ideas?
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Mr. Morton/ October 6, 2014
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