Readers retell &
Infer the main idea
An entire text can be summarized into a single sentence—a main-idea statement.
Use the puzzle-piece analogy to emphasize that a single sentence or “piece” of the text can be the main idea.
Authors imply the main idea or what it’s mostly about through repetition. Tally the repeating ideas.
After tallying the repeating ideas, use those words to generate a single sentence summary.
Access a single PDF of all original texts and color-coded versions to indicate evidence.
Support main idea with textual evidence.
If the headline is the main idea, then repeated words and details within the article are the evidence. They are proof of the text’s main idea.