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Progress Check #3 MAIN IDEA PART A: In your own words, describe the Three-Step Method for identifying the Main Idea. (15 pts. PART B:

Progress Check #3
MAIN IDEA

PART A:
In your own words, describe the Three-Step Method for identifying the Main Idea.
(15 pts.)

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PART B: As you read the following paragraph, use the Three-Step Method to help you identify the stated main idea. (10 pts.)

The Real Functions of Clothing

Just as a product’s packaging tells us a lot about the product, so does a person’s clothing reveal a lot about the person. Clothing reflects the way we choose to present ourselves and reveals how we feel about ourselves.
Clothing reveals our emotions. We tend to dress according to how we feel. If we feel relaxed and comfortable, we tend to dress in comfortable, relaxed clothing. For instance, some people wear sweatshirts and sweatpants for a relaxed evening at home. If we feel happy and carefree, our clothing often reflects it. Think of how fans dress at a football game, for example. Their dress reflects casual comfort, and their team-supporting hats, T-shirts, etc., reveal their emotional support for the team.
Clothing also reveals our expectations and perceptions.


[From College Reading and Writing (3rd ed.) (p. 646), 2007, New York: Pearson Custom Publishing.]





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PART C: As you read the following passage, answer the questions to help you identify the unstated main idea. (25 pts.)


How to Spot a Liar

If you suspected a friend were lying to you, what would you do to confirm your suspicions? Most of us would listen more carefully to what the person says, and try to “catch” him or her saying something contradictory. Most liars are experienced—they’ve been practicing for a long time. (par. 1)
While choice of words is easy to control, the voice often betrays a person’s emotions. Because areas of the brain involved with emotion control the voice, the voice tends to reveal emotion. When a person lies, the voice tends to be higher pitched and the rate of speech tends to slow down. (par.2)

The face is the primary place we display emotions. We use different facial expressions to convey fear, anger, happiness, or guilt. Facial expressions are harder to fake than words because you can rehearse or practice what you will say, but you cannot practice how you will feel. Liars tend to make exaggerated expressions—a smile that is drawn out too long or a frown that is too severe. Eyes are especially revealing. Liars’ eyes lack a genuine, warm twinkle when they smile, and they make less eye contact with the person to whom they are talking. (par.3)

Posture and gestures reveal a person’s feelings. Liars tend to make less enthusiastic gestures. At times, the gesture may not fit with what is being said. Liars tend to hold themselves at a greater distance from other people. They also have a less relaxed body position. You may notice, too, nervous behaviors such as twisting a ring or toying with a button. (par.4)


[Adapted from College Reading and Writing (3rd ed.) (pp. 631-632), 2007, New York: Pearson Custom Publishing.]
1. Before reading the passage, read the title and first sentence and predict what the passage is about.
Prediction:




2. Read the second paragraph.
 Who or what is this paragraph about?


 What are the key terms and details?


 What is the author’s point in paragraph 2?


3. Read the third paragraph.
 Who or what is this paragraph about?

 What are the key terms and details?



 What is the author’s point in paragraph 3?


4. Read the fourth paragraph.
 Who or what is this paragraph about?


 What are the key terms and details?


 What is the author’s point in paragraph 4?


5. What is the author’s overall point regarding the topic in this essay?
Write your own sentence that answers the question, “What is the author’s point in this passage?”




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