xCRCB Slide Outline C5- Main Ideas

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Critical Reading for College and Beyond
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CHAPTER FIVE
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CHAPTER GOALS
After learning Chapter 5, you should be able to demonstrate
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What main ideas are.
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Strategies for identifying main ideas in
paragraphs and longer readings.
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How to check whether you have correctly
identified main ideas.
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What is a Topic?
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A topic is a word or short phrase that is the
subject of a sentence, paragraph, essay, chapter or book.
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What is the Main Idea?
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The main idea is the major point (or points) the
author makes about the topic.  It is
stated in the form of a sentence.
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The main idea serves as the controlling idea
under which other ideas support.
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What is a Detail?
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A detail supports the main idea.
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A detail is more specific than the main idea.
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A detail proves, clarifies, justifies, or
otherwise adds meaning to the main idea.
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Strategies for Recognizing  Main Ideas
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Question yourself.
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Look in the usual spots.
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Categorize author’s points.
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Notice word clues.
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Examples of Word Clues
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Emphasis word clues
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Support word clues
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Contrast word clues
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Chapter Vocabulary
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topic
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main idea
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details
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categorization
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mind maps
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previewing
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word clues
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emphasis word clues
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support word clues
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contrast word clues