Readers have been on the hunt for main ideas since our early literacy days. We are led to believe that the process of finding the main idea in text or a passage is quite simple. Just read the passage, look at the first or last sentence, and voila- there it is! Right?

To the contrary! Finding, articulating, and responding to someone's most important idea is a complex cognitive process requiring readers to use multiple strategies and skills.

Today's mini- lesson helps readers break down exactly what is involved in the process.


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