6th Grade - Main Ideas

 
     
 
     
 
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6th
Reading and Comprehension
Main ideas
Connect and clarify main ideas by identifying their relationships to other sources and related topics
Identify main ideas and make connections to related information
 

Sample Problems

(1)

When you are preparing to read a piece of text, how can you get a clue what it will mainly be about? (titles, headings, topic sentences)


(2)

What is a summary? What is a paraphrase?


(3)

What is the difference between specific and general?


(4)

Are “main” ideas specific or general?


(5)

What is the term for the additional information given about main ideas? (supporting details)


(6)

How is it helpful to make connections between different things you are reading and learning?


Learning Tips

(1)

Look at an image of the Mona Lisa. What is its “main idea” – what is it a painting of?


(2)

Look again at the painting and list 10 details.


(3)

With the purpose of finding the main idea, read the article “Investigating the Mysteries of Mars” (http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/080519-mm-mars-lander-mysteries.html)


(4)

What are the two main questions this article is investigating? (Is there water?; is it habitable?) What were the findings?


(5)

List at least three details supporting each main idea (the two questions) or draw an idea web.


(6)

Read more about water and life on Mars at http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/mars141.php. Confirm, change, or add information to what you learned from the previous article.)


Extra Help Problems

(1)

With the purpose of finding the main ideas, read the article “Mars lander finds soil ‘friendly’ to life” (http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/06/26/phoenix.mars.ap/index.html?section=cnn_latest).

(2)

What are the conclusions of this article? How are they similar or different to what you have already read?

(3)

List supporting details for the main ideas in the article or draw a web.

(4)

Discuss the implications for the possibility of life on Mars.

(5)

Look for information in newspapers and magazines about Mars, scanning for main ideas and supporting details.

(6)


Write a short essay about Mars using all the sources you have read, focusing on evidence for and against the presence of water and habitability.

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