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In this course, you will learn strategies to identify main ideas. In the process, you will learn that there are key words that point to the main idea in a paragraph or a passage. In many cases too, writers have a way of putting main ideas at certain locations in the text, and you can pinpoint main ideas based on their locations. Some educators think, and rightly so, that the ability to identify main ideas is one of the most important skill in reading. I hope you will agree the same: identifying main ideas is a worthy skill to develop.

So let’s do it. Let’s learn or solidify our skill in identifying main ideas in text.

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Currently employed as a technical writer and instructional designer for a software company; 16 years experience teaching Language Arts or Reading in all grades, middle through high school.