Teaching Main Idea and Purpose authors


What is the difference

Main Idea 😕 All stories, paragraphs, poems and articles have a main idea. The main idea tells us what path is. The main idea, in the event, also known as a topic sentence, and is usually the first or last sentence of the paragraph, but not always. Sometimes it is in the middle paragraph, and sometimes it is not even noted (but implied). Other sentences say more about the topic sentence. To find the main ideas, one has to ask themselves,

The purpose of the authors of “What is this passage mostly about?” Every author has a purpose for writing his way. It could be to give information, explain something, solve problems, sell something, persuade, or even simply to entertain. The authors support their purpose for writing with their point of view … their thoughts, feelings and beliefs.

In reading poetry, one has to know who is telling the story. Is it the main character? Or is it someone else, storyteller? It is also important to understand the tone or mood of the story (the feeling that the author creates). Is it funny, sad, or awesome?

Children are often difficult to distinguish the difference between these two readings factors. I think it’s good to teach the main idea to first make sure they understand before I go to the purpose of the author. After they understand both the concepts we discuss the differences. it is also important to ask and listen to the child so that you are sure that they understand

How to teach them concepts :. To begin to explain the concept you teach. You can actually read the descriptions I suggest above, or use your own words if you want.

The next step can be very fun if you adapt to the child’s interests. Do they like to hunt, fish, play games, help you, tell stories or read about some of the challenges? I’ve had students write a letter or an article, and then ask them to tell me their main idea and / or authors purpose and other questions mentioned above. Sometimes I choose the way that I know that they would be interested in reading, and ask the same questions. When viewing a TV ad (or ad on a cereal box) and it can be fun to ask them what they think the authors point is, and if they agree with it. There are numerous daily activities that support the goal of teaching.

Using the curriculum is great too. There is some very good curriculum out there, which can be a time saver for you teacher, and there is nothing wrong with it if it’s working for you and the student. I personally use both the curriculum and creative strategies.

Do not be intimidated. With a little information and the right tools, teaching children to read is fun and easy.


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