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The Main Idea – Marcia takes
a trip to the White House. See what happens.
Developing the Main
Idea – Read Frank's notes. Underline the sentence that you think
expresses the main idea of what Frank wants to say.
– A paraphrase is a restatement of a quotation using your own words.
A summary of a quotation is shorter than a paraphrase and conveys
only its main idea.
The Main Idea
– The main idea of a paragraph is what the paragraph is about; it
is the point that the writer is trying to make.
On Target! –
You develop a main idea by providing details which support it. You
can develop a main idea with facts, details, quotations, or any other
kind of information that supports it.