Main idea

This week we are focusing on identifying the main idea of a text and finding the supporting details. This is one of our many comprehension strategies that we use to better understand the texts we read.
The main idea of a text or paragraph is often stated in a sentence within it. It helps readers understand the most important idea about what is being said. The other sentences include pieces of information that tell more about the most important idea. These are called supporting details. Sometimes the main idea is not obvious and the reader has to infer the main idea using the details.

Why do we need to know about this strategy?

* Finding the main idea helps us understand the text better
* We can work out what the most important parts of the text are
* This strategy helps us get ready to summarise a text

This strategy works for texts that try to persuade, inform or entertain us. Watch the clip below and see if you can work out the main idea and find the supporting details.


What is the main idea of Mr Peabody’s Apples?
What are the supporting details?

What is the main idea of a text that you have been reading this week?
What are the supporting details?

2 thoughts on “Main idea

  1. Dear Mrs Kebbell,
    i think the main idea was bass ball at the start then it changed a bit when i think tom went and told every body that mr peabody stool some apples when he did,ent tom just got mixed up but it ended a happy ending.


  2. Dear 3A,
    Shouldn’t you be reapplying more one mr peabodys apples couse i can see that you haven’t been replying to this in a nice way of saying it please reply i could get over patient which means i gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo crazyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy so hopefully i don’t go to crazyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

    From Jasmine

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