SUPPORTING DETAILS What are Supporting Details? Supporting details support the main idea of a text. Supporting details tell you more about the main idea of the text. Example: Main Idea = There are many signs that spring has arrived. Let’s list three supporting details of this main idea: • The flowers are starting to bloom. • The leaves are growing on the trees. • There are bugs crawling all around again. These supporting details tell us more about the main idea. Try This! 1. If the main idea of an article is that the Space Mission was a success, what would be a supporting detail of this main idea? a] The astronauts were able to complete all their assignments on the mission. b] The moon is bright. c] There are stars out tonight. d] There are eight planets. 2. If the main idea of a paragraph is that birds build nests for their homes, which of the following would be a detail that would support this main idea? a] Birds collect twigs and grass to build their nests. b] Birds have feathers. c] Most birds can fly. d] Birds lay eggs. © 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.