This PRINTABLE activity is a set of 16 cards with short paragraphs and a choice of main idea statements. These can be used so many ways...in a small group, partner work, center activity, teacher directed minilesson, whole class discussion, etc. The passages are both narrative and expository pieces. Students will learn to determine what the main idea and what the details of the paragraph are. Great for introducing the skill, practicing the skill, or reviewing the skill. Cards are best printed on a heavy paper such as cardstock so they can be used over and over. Answer key is included that lists not only what they correct answer is but also what type of writing it is. If you're taking a grade on this, you could mark for both correct answer and type of passage. Very flexible and many uses for these cards. You could even have students write one detail of their own once they have determined what the main idea is.