How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details


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The central idea or concept of the passage that the author wants to convey is known as the _____.

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1. What term is used for the words, phrases, and statements that support, define, or explain the main idea?


Read the passage below. Then determine which answer is the best example to illustrate the main idea through supporting details?

''The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'' by Aesop

One day a hungry wolf was wandering around, looking for his next meal. He stumbled upon a group of sheep. Before he made his attack, he noticed a shepherd with attack dogs. He plotted the whole day how he would find his way to the sheep without being caught. He saw in the distance sheep pelt, laying in a far away area. The wolf made his way to the pelt, placing it upon his own pelt. Shortly after, he walked over to where the sheep were. The wolf would trick sheep, one by one, to lead the sheep away from the others. Once alone, the wolf would eat the sheep. He continued doing this for weeks, enjoying good meals. Appearances can at times be deceptive.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will increase your awareness of how to get the main idea across to readers. The quiz will also assess your understanding of how supporting details are used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to:

  • Identify the concept of a passage that an author wants to convey
  • Determine what a reader needs to identify to understand the main point in a piece of literature
  • Name a term used for phrases and words that explain or support the main idea

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of how to determine the main idea of a story
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about how the main idea is conveyed in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the theme and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the lesson on How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details that covers the following objectives:

  • Define the term 'main idea'
  • Explain the concept of 'supporting details'
  • Identify the main idea and supporting details in story examples
  • Compare and contrast plot and theme