The Gift of the Magi

Main Idea in Informational Texts


What we call a theme in a literary text can be called the main idea in informational texts.

The writer’s examples and evidence are clues to the main idea.

Read “The Proven Power of Giving, Not Getting” and use the text to answer these questions.

  • What do you think is the main idea of this informational text?
  • What’s your textual evidence? Where does the author either tell the reader the main idea or hint at it?

Open Notebook

Share your thoughts and evidence with the class.

You Have a Choice

First, determine how you will approach the work. You can choose to work independently, work with a partner, work with a group, or confer with the teacher.