Common Core: 3rd Grade English Language Arts : Determine the Main Idea of a Text: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2

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Example Question #1 : Determine The Main Idea Of A Text: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Ri.3.2

“Honest Abe” 

Abraham Lincoln is not just the face on the penny. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and he was known as “Honest Abe." This nickname started when he was a young boy working in a store. If he gave someone the wrong change back, then he would follow them home and give them their left over money. “Honest Abe” is remembered as an honest boy and a great president. 

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a one-room home in Kentucky, and then later moved to Indiana and later Illinois. He grew up very poor and after his mother passed away, his older sister took care of him. Abraham Lincoln did not have an easy time growing up, but he was very smart. Most of what he knew he learned on his own by reading books, he was self-taught.

Lincoln became president in 1861. Lincoln wanted to end the use of slavery in the United States, which upset many people. Because of this, some states did not want to be apart of the United States and tried to have their own laws and rules. A war started and lasted for 4 years. This became known as the Civil War. After it ended, all of the states of the United States stayed together, and President Lincoln said that all slaves needed to be set free. 

Abraham Lincoln’s life was too short. He died at age 56, but he will always be remembered. 

 

What is the main idea of the passage? 

Possible Answers:

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky. 

Abraham Lincoln was a great president and person. 

Abraham Lincoln in on the penny. 

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president. 

Correct answer:

Abraham Lincoln was a great president and person. 

Explanation:

To answer this question, we need to understand what a main idea is. The main idea of a passage is what the passage is about, it's not just a detail found in the passage. In the passage we learned that Lincoln is on the penny, was born in Kentucky, and that he was the 16th president. These are all details found in the passage, not the main idea.

The main idea of this passage was that Abraham Lincoln was a great person and president. The passage proves this main idea by discussing how honest Lincoln was, even as a child when he returned the correct change to a customer, and the great things he accomplished during his presidency, like freeing slaves. 

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