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English Language Arts, Grade 6

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Study Guide Main Idea English Language Arts, Grade 6

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MAIN IDEA What is Main Idea? The main idea of a text is what the text is written about. The main idea is the subject or main topic of the text. Example: Let’s say the main idea of a paragraph is that a butterfly has an unusual life cycle. The paragraph would then include specific details about the life cycle of the butterfly which support the main idea. What is Plot? Plot is the series of events that happen in a story. Plot is one of the three main elements of a story (the other two being setting and characters). The plot of a story includes a beginning, middle, and end. The plot explains WHY things happen in the story. The author plans out a specific sequence of events in the story from start to finish. This specific plan is known as the PLOT of the story. There are FIVE main parts of a PLOT: 1. Exposition the introduction of characters and setting 2. Conflict a problem is introduced for a character or characters 3. Rising Action the conflict or problem within a story becomes more intense for the characters as the story unfolds 4. Climax when something happens in the story to create a turning point for the characters in trouble--the point at which the outcome of the conflict can be predicted 5. Resolution - the ending of the story; this is where all the loose ends are tied up © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
Try This! True or false? ______ The climax is the conclusion of the story. ______ The main idea of the story tells the reader where the story is taking place. ______ The problem of a story is also called the conflict. ______ The exposition is usually at the end of a story. ______ Events of a story are told through the plot. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
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