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Ch 1: Key Ideas & Details of a Text

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter can help you refresh your knowledge of determining the key idea of a text. You'll also review how to pull out important details and how to analyze the development of a key idea throughout the text.

Key Ideas & Details of a Text - Chapter Summary

The engaging text and video lessons in this chapter review how to read carefully to determine the main idea and purpose of a text as well as how to make logical inferences from it. As you continue though the chapter, the lessons will build upon identifying and analyzing main ideas and details to help you understand all the different related concepts. After completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define and identify the main idea of a story
  • Explain how to determine the purpose of a text
  • Demonstrate an understanding of finding specific details in a reading selection
  • Identify details that elaborate upon the main idea
  • Discuss analyzing interactions among main ideas
  • Describe an inference and how to infer intended meaning
  • Explain how to draw conclusions from a reading selection
  • State how to interpret graphics in expository texts

The lessons and self-assessment quizzes provide several approaches to help you gauge your understanding of the chapter. Experienced educators create the lessons, and they are available to answer any questions that come up during your review. Don't forget to use your Dashboard to check your progress through the chapter.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Key Ideas & Details of a Text
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What is the Main Idea of a Story?

1. What is the Main Idea of a Story?

Have you ever read a story and wondered to yourself, 'What's the main idea of this story?' In this lesson, we'll go over what the main idea of a story is, why it's important and how to find it.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

2. How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

In this lesson, we will learn how to analyze the purpose of a text. We will explore some of the primary purposes and practice determining purpose using some writing samples.

Finding Specific Details in a Reading Selection

3. 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.

Recognizing Details That Elaborate Upon a Main Idea

4. Recognizing Details That Elaborate Upon a Main Idea

One of the most important tasks of reading, is determining the point of what is being read. This lesson will explain how to spot details that are related to the main idea, while also giving plenty of examples to help you out!

Analyzing Interactions Among Main Ideas

5. Analyzing Interactions Among Main Ideas

Analyzing interactions among main ideas sounds daunting to some students. However, if you treat it methodically, you can easily identify main ideas and determine how they interact with one another within the text.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

6. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

7. Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.

Interpreting Graphics in Expository Texts

8. Interpreting Graphics in Expository Texts

Expository texts frequently use graphics to present facts and information. In this lesson, we'll discuss some ways to interpret the graphics found in expository texts.

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