Identifying the Stated Main Idea Sentence. and the Supporting Details of a Paragraph. The Skill. Every paragraph has a topic. Every paragraph has a main idea.
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of a Paragraph
Every paragraph has a topic.
Every paragraph has a main idea.
When an author includes a sentence in a paragraph that tells his or her most important point about the topic, that sentence is called the stated main idea sentence.
The main idea answers the question,
“What is the author’s one most important point
about the topic?”
Can appear anywhere in a paragraph:
Regardless of where it appears, it will have supporting details that
explain more about it, give examples of it, or prove it.
When you think you have located a stated main idea sentence, see if it meets these criteria:
1. The sentence contains the topic.
2. The sentence tells the author’s most important
point about the topic.
3. The sentence makes complete sense by itself.
It’s important that you find
The point the author has in mind.
The main idea is its name,
But “topic sentence” is the same.
The main idea is top-shelf;
It makes sense all by itself.
And never once should you doubt it:
Details all tell more about it.
This sentence has the topic, too.
It gives a summary or overview.
Stated main ideas you can find,
So highlight them or underline.
The answers will be in the details.