Topic, Main Idea, Supporting Detail, and Theme

Get your class members thinking about a reading passage's topic, main idea, supporting details, and theme with this interactive presentation that asks scholars to define, locate, and review each term.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Print the slides with space for notes so learners can jot down information and keep for future reference 
  • Using a book your class is currently reading, identify and discuss the story's topic, main idea, supporting details, and theme 
Classroom Considerations
  • Slide eight assumes scholars have read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
  • 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
  • Calvin and Hobbs is used to provide laughter and as a learning tool to reinforce the importance of providing supporting details 
  • Definitions are concise and clearly written
  • Answers to questions are written in a yellow color that may be difficult for some viewers to see