About This Chapter
MTEL: Understanding Main Ideas & Supporting Details - Chapter Summary
Here we help you find and articulate the main point of a text through various angles of analysis. Maximize your Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills exam practice by viewing lessons and completing the quizzes and chapter test. The topics discussed here include:
- What a thesis statement is and where to find it
- Finding the main idea or theme
- Using supporting information to describe the central idea
- Extracting specific information from a passage
The lessons are designed to hold your attention through upbeat instruction and engaging graphics to maximize retention of key material. Every video is under 10 minutes long, helping you fit little bits of study into small gaps in your schedule. Taking the assessments will give you practice answering the kinds of questions you can expect to see on the MTEL test and measure your progress in your review.
MTEL: Understanding Main Ideas & Supporting Details - Chapter Objectives
You must take two subtests as part of the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam: reading and writing. This chapter focuses on the requirements of Objective 0002 in the reading subtest (16.7% of the overall subtest content, 6-8 multiple-choice questions), but having a thorough understanding of these principles will also help in your extend-response items in the writing subtest (two items, combined weight of 50% in the writing subtest). You have four hours in each testing session to complete the test(s) for which you registered: you can either take both subtests in one session or take them in separate sessions. In order to receive your Massachusetts educator licensure for Pre-K through 12th Grade, you must score at least 240 of 100-300 in both subtests.
1. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences
What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.
2. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.
3. What is a Thesis Statement?
Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.
4. Developing the Essay Topic
The backbone of any essay is a strong and engaging main idea. Learn how to turn an essay prompt into a well-developed topic by watching this video lesson.
5. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples
What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!
6. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.
7. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples
Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.
8. Finding Specific Details in a Reading Selection
Ever have trouble finding a specific detail in a reading selection? Often knowing the structure of the selection will help. This video lesson will give some strategies for finding specific details depending on selection structure.
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Other chapters within the MTEL Communication & Literacy Skills: Practice & Study Guide course
- About the MTEL Communication & Literacy Skills Test
- MTEL: Recognizing Common Grammar & Usage Errors
- MTEL: Identifying Common Spelling & Punctuation Errors
- MTEL: Determining the Meaning of Words
- MTEL: Identifying Purpose, Point of View & Intended Meaning
- MTEL: Analyzing Ideas in a Text
- MTEL: Critical Reasoning in Communication & Literacy
- MTEL: Outlining & Summarizing Texts
- MTEL: Organizing an Essay
- MTEL: Writing Effective Essays
- MTEL: Writing Focused & Impactful Essays
- MTEL: Analyzing & Revising Sentences