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    Main Idea
    By Misty

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    I have one idea that really helped my kids on Main idea. I found a blackline of a big umbrella. I gave them several copies. I copied a few pages with good, clear paragraphs from our current reading. (enlarged works best) We found the main idea and put it on the top part of the umbrella and the details hang down from the umbrella. One we got the hang of it, We used the umbrella for help and pated them on a seperate sheet and wrote main idea or detail beside it. To take it further I found paragraphs that have a out of place detail, then they had to find which one didn't fit. We call that the rain because it it outside the main idea. I used the analogy of the umbrella being the main idea and the details are covered by it. I hoope this makes sense--e-mail me if you nee more explanation. I also have a template at home I can send you.

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