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1Reading Practice: 3 What’s the Big Idea? Summary Page 1Note: To see full screen click on View and Select Full Screen or Press F11 on your keyboard.Reading Practice: 3What’s the Big Idea?SummaryBefore reading, skim the passage and ask yourself questions.Summarize the passage as you read.Decide which parts of the passage are most important.Look for a sentence that tells the main idea.Learn to tell the difference between a main idea and supporting detail.StartQuit
2Page 2Read the passage. Look for the main idea sentence. Go to the next page. When you get to the end answer the questions.Reading Practice: 3 It is true that the spider Anansi has a bald head. But he once had hair. He lost it dancing. The story goes something like this….
3The same thing happened on the third day. Page 3Anansi’s mother-in-law died, and his wife, Aso, went back to her native village for the funeral. “I will join you later, “ Anansi told his wife.After she had gone, Anansi thought, When I am at the funeral, I must show great sadness by not eating. I’d better have a big meal here, before I go. Anansi ate a huge meal and then left for the funeral.The village had a feast after the funeral, but Anansi refused to eat. “I am in mourning,” Anansi announced, looking as sad as possible. “I will not eat for eight days.”On the second day, the villagers had their meal, but not Aansi. He wanted to impress his friends with his sadness.The same thing happened on the third day.
4Page 4By this time, Anansi was very hungry. But he had said that he wouldn’t eat, and he was going to keep his word.On the fourth day, a pot of beans bubble over the fire. They smelled so good to Anansi that he thought, Why not a taste? But just as he was scooping up some for himself, along came the porcupine, the chicken, the rabbit, and all the others in the village.To hide the beans, Anansi poured them in his hat, which he then put on his head.His friends said, “Anansi, try some beans.”“No,” said Anansi. “My mother-in-law has only been buried for four days. What kind of a fellow would that make me?”But the hot beans burned Anansi’s head. He twisted his hat this way and that, while his friends gave him strange looks.
5Page 5“You know,” said Anansi, trying to explain why he was jiggling his hat, “right at this minute, in my village, there is an important hat-shaking festival. I must shake my hat in honor of the occasion.”Silly Anansi always had a ready excuse. He shook his hat and twisted it around his head, but the hot beans kept burning his scalp. He began to hop around in great pain.“In fact, it is a hat-shaking dance festival, “ said Anansi, thinking quickly as he hopped around from foot to foot.Anansi wanted to take off his hat and cool his head. But he couldn’t let his friends see the hidden beans.“This is an important hat-shaking dance festival,” said Anansi, scampering toward the trail. “ I must return to my village.”
6“Eat before you leave us,” his friends said. Page 6“Eat before you leave us,” his friends said.“What kind of a fellow do you think I am?” hollered Anansi, jumping up and down in pain and dancing out of the village.His friends followed him down the trail from the village. His head kept burning, so Anansi finally pulled off his hat. When friends saw the steaming beans stuck to the top of his head, they laughed and shouted, “Crazy Anansi! Why do you do such foolish things?”Because he was embarrassed, Anansi hid in the tall grass. That is where you can find him today, and you will that he has a bald spot where the hot beans burned his head. All this happened because Anansi was not honest with his friends.
7The following question is about “Anansi Does a Dance.” You can go back and reread the story by click on the back buttons.What is the main idea of the passage?a. Anansi goes to his mother-in-law’s funeral.b. Anansi hides hot beans in his hat and does a dance.c. Anansi does not eat for four days and grows very hungry.d. Anansi burns his head because he tries to impress his friends.To the startof AnansiDoes a Dance.
8SorryThis is not the main idea, however. It is only a supporting detail. Remember that Anansi’s troubles start when he wants to show everyone how sad he feels.
9SorryYet these, too, are only supporting details.
10SorryAlthough this causes him to sneak the beans and hide them in his hat, his great hunger isn’t the main idea.
11Great Job!Choices A, B, and C tell important details that support the main idea, but they do not give readers the “big picture”: Anansi tries to impress his friends and, in the process, burns his head and loses his hair.Click the NEXT button to go on to the next question.
12Which title would be the best summary for “Anansi Does a Dance”? Question 2The following question is about “Anansi Does a Dance.” Read the question and click on the correct answer. You can go back and reread the story by clicking on the BACK button.Which title would be the best summary for “Anansi Does a Dance”?“Aso’s Native Villiage”“How Anansi got His Bald Spot”“Anansi and His Mother-In-Law”d. “The Important Hat-Shaking Dance Festival”To the startof AnansiDoes a Dance.
13SorryThis is not the main idea, however. It is only a supporting detail. Remember that Anansi’s troubles start when he wants to show everyone how sad he feels.
14Great Job!Choices A, C, and D tell important details that support the main idea, but they do not give readers the “big picture.” The title “How Anansi Got His Bald Spot” best describes the main idea of the story, which is about how the spider lost his hair.
15Page 7This the last part of activity 3. Read the next two pages and answer the question at the end.The TricksterTricksters appear in folktales from many cultures. The trickster is traditionally a male animal that acts like a human. He tries to outwit others, or fate, by clever schemes. He might be the spider Anansi from West African tales, the coyote of North American Indian tradition, or the fox from both South American and Japanese stories. The tradition of the trickster also can be seen in such modern-day characters as Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny.
16Bugs Bunny is a better trickster than Daffy Duck. Page 8 Question 3Often the trickster is a fool who thinks he can control his life. Sometimes he is a hero fooling others who are trying to destroy him. Whether a fool or a fooler, the trickster’s role in storytelling around the world is to allow people to laugh at fate and see the humor in life.Which best describes the main idea of the information titled “The Trickster”?Bugs Bunny is a better trickster than Daffy Duck.Anansi the spider is a trickster from the West African tales.Trickster characters appear in the folktales of many lands.d. Tricksters appear in Japanese and South American folktales.
17SorryThis is not the main idea, however. It is only a supporting detail. Remember that Anansi’s troubles start when he wants to show everyone how sad he feels.
18Great Job!Choices A, B, and C tell important details that support the main idea, but they do not give readers the “big picture”: Anansi tries to impress his friends and, in the process, burns his head and loses his hair.Quit