Implied Main Ideas

Skilled readers can find the main idea of an informative passage without finding it directly stated. A reading video prompts elementary learners to examine supporting details in several examples, and to infer what the main idea of the passage could be.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Copy the longer passages onto handouts for learners to review independently
  • Encourage your class to write paragraphs with implied main ideas and explicit supporting details
Classroom Considerations
  • Video is a little long for one viewing; break it up at the right moments
  • The third of a ten-video series
  • 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
  • Provides solid examples of implied main ideas and encourages ways to make inferences based on context clues
  • Video is not very engaging
  • Reading passages take up entire slides, which could be overwhelming for younger readers