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Stated Main Idea One physically sentence located anywhere in the passage. The one sentence covers all the details in the passage. The build up all the details which gives you the main idea of the passage.

Stated Main Idea


Implied Main Idea Stated main idea and implied main idea are very similar. It’s not a specific sentence to pick out. All of the details go together to form a conclusion.

All the legs are details that form together to hold the spider up.

Major Supporting Detail You will have a topic sentence that leads to a major detail. You can have a major detail without a minor detail.

Stated main idea

Major supporting detail

Minor Supporting Details Minor supporting details always go up the paragraph to the major detail. You cannot have minor details without a major detail.

Major Supporting Detail

Minor Supporting detail

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