Ch 2: Main Idea & Supporting Details in Written Works

About This Chapter

These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will help reinforce your knowledge of the process of supporting main ideas and details in writing. When you study with us for test prep or to get better grades, you will improve your writing skills and become a better writer.

Main Idea & Supporting Details in Written Works - Chapter Summary

If you need a review of different ways you can support main ideas and details in writing, the video lessons in this chapter will thoroughly cover these topics. After completing the chapter, you should understand:

  • How to use supporting details to explain the main point
  • How to identify a sequence of events
  • Significance of identifying exact details and find cause and effect in a reading selection
  • Finding the purpose of a text
  • Strategies for identifying supportive details
  • How actions occur in a selection
  • Techniques for comparing and contrasting ideas
  • Difference between implied and stated relationships
  • How to successfully draw conclusions

We present these lessons to you in both video and text format. The video lessons are short and engaging, lasting five to ten minutes each. The lesson transcripts cover everything in the video, and include bold terms and phrases to stress importance of certain areas of the lesson. Having the choice between watching videos and reading transcripts will allow you to cater to your specific learning style. You will be able to retain a great deal of information, which will help you improve your writing techniques.

9 Lessons in Chapter 2: Main Idea & Supporting Details in Written Works
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How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

1. 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.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

2. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.

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.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

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.

How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text

5. 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.

How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

6. How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

Cause and effect structures can be used to describe how an action takes place. This lesson will discuss how to find this structure within a reading selection.

How to Compare & Contrast Ideas in a Reading Selection

7. How to Compare & Contrast Ideas in a Reading Selection

The ability to compare and contrast the many ideas in one reading selection can be an overwhelming task. This video lesson gives a step-by-step method of how to successfully compare and contrast ideas in a reading selection.

How to Recognize Implied Relationships in a Reading Selection

8. How to Recognize Implied Relationships in a Reading Selection

Some relationships in a reading passage will be implied and not plainly stated. These may be very difficult to understand, so watch this lesson to see clear steps to take to recognize implied relationships.

Drawing Conclusions from a Reading Selection

9. 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.

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