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Grade 5 - English Language
Main Idea

A paragraph is a group of sentences about one main idea. Paragraphs usually have two types of sentences:

- a topic sentence, which contains the main idea, and
- supporting sentences which support, prove, provide more information, explain, or give examples.

Rules for Finding the Topic Sentence and the Main Idea

1. The topic sentence is usually first, but could be in any position in the paragraph.

2. A topic sentence is usually more "general" than the other sentences, that is, it talks about many things and looks at the big picture. Sometimes it refers to more that one thing. Plurals and the words "many", "numerous", or "several" often signal a topic sentence.

3. Supporting or detail sentences are usually more "specific" than the topic sentence, i.e., they usually talk about one single or small part or side of an idea. Also, the words "for example", "i.e.", "that is", "first", "second", "third", etc., and "finally" often signal a detail.

4. Most of the detail sentences support, give examples, prove, talk about, or point toward the topic in some way.

How can you be sure that you have a topic sentence? Try this trick:

- Restate the sentence into a question. If the other sentences seem to "answer" the question, then your sentence is the topic sentence!


Directions: Find the main ideas of the following paragraphs. As a homework, read a book and write the main ideas from at least ten paragraphs.
Q 1: Ben scored 24 points. He also blocked 12 shots. He assisted his teammates score another 20 points. Ben was declared Most Valuable Player of the game.
He also blocked 12 shots.
Ben scored 24 points.
He assisted his teammates score another 20 points.
Ben was declared Most Valuable Player of the game.

Q 2: The story amazed Tasha. The story was about a beautiful princess living in an exotic land. A brave prince saves the princess from a wicked magician. The prince and the princess marry and live happily ever after.
The prince and the princess marry and live happily ever after.
The story amazed Tasha.
A brave prince saves the princess from a wicked magician.
The story was about a beautiful princess living in an exotic land.

Q 3: Susan has a beautiful doll. Her dad gave that doll to her for her birthday. She loves to cuddle it and play with it. She even has a name for her doll, Susie.
Susan has a beautiful doll.
She loves to cuddle it and play with it.
She even has a name for her doll, Susie.
Her dad gave that doll to her for her birthday.

Q 4: Our breakfast is usually a cereal. Having cereals for breakfast is good for you. Cereals are made of grains that are very nutritious. They also provide essential vitamins and minerals.
Cereals are made of grains that are very nutritious.
They also provide essential vitamins and minerals.
Our breakfast is usually a cereal.
Having cereals for breakfast is good for you.

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