About This Chapter
Standard: Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.2)
About This Chapter
Students who have gained proficiency in the skills taught in this chapter will be able to identify and describe the meat of informational material presented in speech and multimedia. They will be able to use that information in support of their own arguments in written and spoken formats. The topics included in this chapter describe:
- Implied main ideas
- How to listen for a main point
- Methods for identifying themes and central ideas
- Supporting details
- How to analyze and apply conclusions drawn from research
When your students strengthen these skills they will demonstrate competency as they provide accurate descriptions and notes from audio and visual research materials. They will be able to synthesize the main and supporting details into their unique analysis, making plausible and applicable connections between the source material and their own copy.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Here are a few ideas to get you started with using these videos in class.
Have your students watch each video and complete its short quiz as daily homework. They can practice the very skills described here by taking notes on the content and brainstorming ways they could use it in their journals. Complete the chapter test in class to see how well your students have grasped the key information.
What's the big idea?
After watching the videos, watch or listen to brief speeches given by dignitaries and political representatives. Discuss as a class what message the speaker was trying to get across to the audience and how students would use that information in their own material. Ask whether it would be a positive or negative reinforcement of their own messages.
Various media formats and venues have specific rules on where the main point should be, while others have more freedom in where the author may put it. Discuss where the main point is likely to be found in news articles, opinion pieces, academic works, speeches, and more. Why do the authors and editors place the central ideas where they do? Does the format benefit the reader/listener?
1. 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!
2. Listening for the Main Point
In this lesson, you'll get some tips on listening to a passage of spoken English for the main point. Don't get bogged down in the details; focus on what's really important!
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Analyzing, Applying, and Drawing Conclusions From Research to Make Recommendations
In this lesson, we'll explore how companies analyze, apply and draw conclusions from research to solve problems. Learn how effective recommendations can help a business survive and thrive.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA Grade 7 - Speaking & Listening: Standards course
- Collaborative Discussions: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1
- Preparation Through Research: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1A
- Group Rules, Roles & Goals: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1B
- Questioning & Elaborating : CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1C
- Acknowledging Audience Information: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1D
- Evaluating Arguments: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.3
- Presenting Knowledge & Ideas: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.4
- Using Multimedia & Visual Support: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.5
- Command of Language: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.6