Determining An Author's Key Points Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: RI.2.8
When we read anything the main goal is to find the authors argument and what main ideas they are pushing towards their readers. When you start working on this skill it is often helpful to read the entire passage fully and then go back and pull the work apart more. When looking for the main idea, it is often helpful to circle key points in the work. These worksheets will have students dissect an authors work to find the most relevant works.
Author's Key Points Worksheets:
Rome – A great deal of current
civilization all started in Italy.
Drums – Rhythm is an
important part of music. Usually the drums keep the rhythm.
Quilts – Those squares
really add up.
– Honey bees are good at talking to each other!
Metals are all around us. Most of the things found on earth are made
What if the earth did not have gravity?
– Shooting stars are not really stars. They are meteorites.
The White House
– The White House is the most famous house in the country. It's
the home of the U.S. President.
Sometimes a plant grows where no one wants it. Then it's called a
– Eskimos live in a very cold place: Alaska. Years ago, they had
to live in houses made of snow, called igloos.
Moons Our moon is not the only moon. Other planets have moons also.
Bell – The Liberty Bell is special to Americans. It stands for
freedom. It reminds them of their fight for liberty.
– Christopher Columbus made four trips to the New World. He brought
many new things to back to the Old World.
How to Find the Bullet Points of a Reading Passage?
You will get plenty of passages to read in your academic life. Most of these passages will come with different activities and questions. The best way to organize a passage so that you won't have to come back to it again and again to read and find answers is to make bullet points. Bullet points make the passage much simpler. Here are some tips to make bullet points while reading a passage.
Bullet Point Should Be Like a Mini Heading
The main point of bullets is to make the content more readable. Usually, passages are extremely long and it gets really difficult to actually read it again and again to answer the questions. Bullet points are made so that you can easily reach out to them and grab the answer or main points from them. It is important that you do not write another passage while making the bullet points. Keep them as concise as possible.
Keep It Simple
Your bullet points should be simple. Find out the main elements of the passage and then write the main elements as bullets, but try to keep them as simple as possible. If the actual passage has complex words with difficult meaning, try to shift that into simpler words for your ease. It is best to not use sub-bullets because they can get more confusing.
Keep Them Thematically Related
Your bullets should be connecting one point to another. Do not select bullets just randomly. When you are reading the passage and decide to bullet some information, then make sure that the next bullet should have a continuing element to it. This is because you will lose track of the content if the bullets are made randomly.