Writing Main Ideas Worksheets:
Paraphrasing Quotations -
A paraphrase is a restatement of a quotation using your own words.
Paraphrasing is a good idea if a quotation is long or wordy. See if you can break down and build off of a Thomas Jefferson quote.
Working From Notes - Marcia’s class went on a field trip to the White House. When they got back to
class, the teacher asked each student to write a paragraph about their experience.
Why Have Children? - Aaron
is pondering this one very deeply. Read Aaron's notes. Use the information provided to write a paragraph.
Back to School Shopping
- Ellie is working on her Language Arts assignment. Ellie has to write a paragraph about something she did to get ready for the
new school year. Read the list of details below. Identify a good main idea. Then
develop it into a paragraph using Ellie's details.
Summarizing Quotations -
Time to see what the meaning of these statements are. Read each quotation by Benjamin Franklin. Then write down the main point. It does not have to be
organized in the same way as the original quotation.
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 central message.
What's It About?
- The main idea of a paragraph is what the paragraph is about; it
is the point that the writer is trying to make.
Using Definitions to
Support Your Goal - One kind of fact that can be used to
support a main idea is a definition. Use a dictionary to help you
find the facts you need to develop the central theme.
On Target! -
You develop a main idea by providing details which support it. You
can develop it with facts, details, quotations, or any other
kind of information that supports it.
- Civil disobedience is looked at and from a far. Read the information provided below. If the information
supports the idea of civil disobedience, write a P for "pro" on the line. If
the information does not support the idea of civil disobedience, write a C
for "con" on the line.