Month: March 2015

The Main Idea About Finding the Main Idea

Yes, but how do you really separate “main idea” from “theme” or “author’s message” or even “moral”? We use so many different terms, and we don’t all mean the same things when we say them.


This comment came from a fourth grade teacher, after she and 40 of her colleagues had spent the morning working through a cycle of close reading tasks with a short, grade four, nonfiction text, in an effort to weed out the main idea.

We had completed multiple […]

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