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Ch 1: Finding Main & Supporting Ideas

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Let us show you how to identify main and supporting ideas from a passage of text. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes provide several approaches to help you correctly answer these types of questions on a test.

Finding Main & Supporting Ideas - Chapter Summary

Using the lessons in this chapter can help you develop strategies for finding a main point and the supporting ideas in a reading passage. The videos cover the following methods to help you with these types of questions on an exam:

  • Getting the gist of an essay and improving comprehension
  • Using visualization strategies when reading texts
  • Reading close vs. taking in the big picture
  • Summarizing ideas from a passage
  • Paraphrasing ideas to define the concept and context
  • Finding specific details in a reading selection
  • Identifying elements that support the main idea

Instructors guide you through each tactic, showing you how to use each effectively in preparation for your test. Being armed with different approaches can make identifying the main point and supporting ideas simpler, and the lessons make learning these methods fun.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Finding Main & Supporting Ideas
Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

1. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

Reading Strategies Using Visualization

2. Reading Strategies Using Visualization

In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

3. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'

How to Paraphrase: Definition & Examples

4. How to Paraphrase: Definition & Examples

Find out what it means to paraphrase, what the benefits are, and how paraphrasing is different from other ways to cite sources. You will also see examples of the ways paraphrasing can be used.

Finding Specific Details in a Reading Selection

5. 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.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

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.

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

7. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.

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