ERIC Number: ED123566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
A Systematic Procedure for Teaching Main Idea.
Dishner, Ernest K.; Readence, John E.
This paper suggests a sequence of requisite skills for the identification of main ideas including identifying the key words or topic of a sentence, identifying the key words or topic of a paragraph, identifying the topic sentence of a paragraph, recognizing an explicitly stated main idea of a paragraph, recalling an explicitly stated main idea, inferring the main idea of a paragraph not explicitly stated, recognizing the relationships among main ideas in related paragraphs of longer selections, and inferring an overall thesis statement or main idea of longer selections. A logical step-by-step procedure for teaching the main idea is outlined for elementary teachers, including teaching main idea skills and teaching main ideas of paragraphs. The four step procedure includes writing a brief statement identifying what each sentence says, identifying the one idea that all of the sentences discuss, writing the main idea in a complete sentence, and locating the sentence that states the main idea. Once the procedure has been mastered, the four steps can be applied equally to sentences, paragraphs, and longer selections. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the 1973 National Reading Conference