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What is the Main Idea?

Super Fun Deck® with Super Duper® Secret Decoder

by Audrey Prince
Illustrated by Bill Golliher - Grades 3-8

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Common Core - What is the Main Idea?

Grades: K-12 Common Core State Standards
2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Grades: K-12 Common Core State Standards
9 Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Third Grade Common Core State Standards
2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Third Grade Common Core State Standards
2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Fourth Grade Common Core State Standards
2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Fourth Grade Common Core State Standards
6 Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
Fourth Grade Common Core State Standards
8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
Fifth Grade Common Core State Standards
2 Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Fifth Grade Common Core State Standards
8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Sixth Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Sixth Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Sixth Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
Sixth Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
3 Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Sixth Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
9 Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Course 1 Grades 6-8 Common Core State Standards
2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Course 2 Grades 6-8 Common Core State Standards
2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Course 2 Grades 6-8 Common Core State Standards
3 Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Seventh Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Seventh Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Seventh Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
Seventh Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
3 Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
Seventh Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
9 Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.
Eighth Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Eighth Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Eighth Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
Eighth Grade Course 1 Common Core State Standards
7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
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