Recognizing Details That Elaborate Upon a Main Idea


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Which of the following best explains the meaning of 'the main idea'?

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1. What best defines the meaning of 'supporting details'?

2. Which of the following is NOT an example of a piece of evidence that would be used as supporting evidence?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What would stories be without main ideas? This assessment was composed to help you test your understanding of supporting details and how they can be used to help readers understand main ideas. With it, you will also test your ability to identify main ideas.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment was made to test your understanding of:

  • What a 'main idea' is
  • Supporting evidence
  • Examples of supporting details
  • The use of questions to find supporting details

Skills Practiced

A few skills you will need to complete this assessment include:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of a 'main idea' to see how it related to the supporting details
  • Information recall - use what you've learned about supporting evidence to know what is and is not an example of it
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about supporting details

Additional Learning

To improve your understanding of main ideas, supporting details and supporting evidence, complete the lesson called Recognizing Details That Elaborate Upon a Main Idea. This lesson will help you prepare for the assessment and also study:

  • Where the main idea can be found in a text
  • How to recognize supporting details
  • Questions to ask when finding supporting details