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Many students struggle with finding the central idea of a passage. Some students confuse the central idea with the summary, while others just can’t seem to understand what it is. Now that the Common Core State Standards have been implemented in most schools, it is imperative that students are able to identify the central idea and supporting details in a passage.
With that said, a central idea is like the top of table, and the supporting details are like the legs of the table. Without legs, a table falls; without supporting details, the central idea fails. The central idea is written on the table top, and the supporting details on the legs of the table. The number of legs on the table can be adjusted to accommodate the number of supporting details in a paragraph.
This detailed Central Idea lesson includes: