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Thursday 24th September 2020

LC:  I can identify important parts within paragraphs and put them together to build meaning (gist).

Your task

The main idea of a paragraph is what all the sentences are about.

Read the paragraph and ask, “What’s your point?” Then decide what the main idea is.  Circle the letter of your answer.

 

1. Bill loves to play games. His favourite game is chess because it requires a great deal of thought. Bill also likes to play less demanding board games that are based mostly on luck. He prefers Monopoly because it requires luck and skill. If he’s alone, Bill likes to play action video games as long as they aren’t too violent.

 

What is the main idea of this paragraph?

a. Bill dislikes violence.

b. Bill likes to think.

c. Bill enjoys Monopoly.

d. Bill enjoys playing games.

 

 2. Pat is watching too much television. A toddler shouldn’t be spending hours staring blankly at a screen. Worse yet, some of her silly behaviour has been inspired by those awful cartoons she watches. We need to spend more time reading books with her and pull the plug on the TV!

 

What is the main idea of this paragraph?

a. Watching a lot of television isn’t good for Pat.

b. Books are good.

c. All cartoons are bad.

d. Some cartoons are bad for Pat.

 

 3. Someday we will all have robots that will be our personal servants. They will look and behave much like real humans. We will be able to talk to these mechanical helpers and they will be able to respond in kind. Amazingly, the robots of the future will be able to learn from experience. They will be smart, strong, and untiring workers whose only goal will be to make our lives easier.

 

Which sentence from the paragraph expresses the main idea?

a. Someday we will all have robots that will be our personal servants.

b. We will be able to talk to these mechanical helpers and they will be able to respond in kind.

c. They will look and behave much like real humans.

d. Amazingly, the robots of the future will be able to learn from experience.

 

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