How to Find the Main Idea

What's the difference between the main idea of a text and the topic? Take kids through the process of literary analysis with a presentation about finding the main idea and supporting details. Additionally, it guides learners through examples and techniques for finding the important details.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a unit about finding the main ideas in informational text or literature, whichever is more relevant to your curriculum
  • Have kids view the presentation on their own, prepared to discuss what they learned in class the next day, to create a flipped classroom assignment
Classroom Considerations
  • There is a lot of text on each slide
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Comes with a slide full of additional resources and materials to use
  • Provides a summary of the presentation at the end
  • Includes examples from films and books that kids will recognize
Cons
  • None