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Tribes of the Great Plains

During the 1700s, there were about 30 tribes that lived on the Great Plains. Today, the area where the Indians of the Great Plains lived is located from the Rocky mountains to the Mississippi River. These tribes tended to rely on buffalo as their food source as well as other daily needs, such as clothing.

Buffalo on the Great Plains

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Tribes of the Great Plains

(1) During the 1700s, there were about 30 tribes that lived on the Great Plains. (2) Today, the area where the Indians of the Great Plains lived is located from the Rocky mountains to the Mississippi River. (3) These tribes tended to rely on buffalo as their food source as well as other daily needs, such as clothing.

What is this paragraph about?

One thing that you will need to consider when trying to find the main idea is what is this paragraph truly about? If you had to describe it in one or two words, what would you say this paragraph is really about? Is it about dogs? Is it about cheesecake? No...what is it about?

Tribes of the Great Plains

(1) During the 1700s, there were about 30 tribes that lived on the Great Plains. (2) Today, the area where the Indians of the Great Plains lived is located from the Rocky mountains to the Mississippi River. (3) These tribes tended to rely on buffalo as their food source as well as other daily needs, such as clothing.

What is this paragraph about?

Indians!

Tribes of the Great Plains

(1) During the 1700s, there were about 30 tribes that lived on the Great Plains. (2) Today, the area where the Indians of the Great Plains lived is located from the Rocky mountains to the Mississippi River. (3) These tribes tended to rely on buffalo as their food source as well as other daily needs, such as clothing.

Which sentence is the main idea?

Tribes of the Great Plains

(1) During the 1700s, there were about 30 tribes that lived on the Great Plains. (2) Today, the area where the Indians of the Great Plains lived is located from the Rocky mountains to the Mississippi River. (3) These tribes tended to rely on buffalo as their food source as well as other daily needs, such as clothing. (2) During the 1700s, there were about 30 tribes that lived on the Great Plains. (3) These tribes tended to rely on buffalo as their food source as well as other daily needs, such as clothing.

Sentence 1 is the main idea!

Ok, the main idea is that, “during the 1700’s there were about 30 tribes that lived on the great plains.” Every other sentence in this paragraph talks about those tribes that were the Great Plains Indians. The next sentences talk about where they lived and about how they used buffalo: all relating back to that main idea about the Great Plains Indians.

Tribes of the Great Plains

(1) During the 1700s, there were about 30 tribes that lived on the Great Plains. (2) Today, the area where the Indians of the Great Plains lived is located from the Rocky mountains to the Mississippi River. (3) These tribes tended to rely on buffalo as their food source as well as other daily needs, such as clothing.

Which of the following sentences could be added to this paragraph? Click the next button when you decide.

  • Christopher Columbus encountered Indians already living in America.
  • Buffalo were hunted almost to extinction in the 1800’s.
  • The Great Plains Indians were nomadic people, following the buffalo wherever they went.
  • Another type of Indian were the Navajo.

Now, looking at this paragraph again...if we wanted to add an additional sentence, which of the following sentences could be added to the paragraph. When you decide which one it is, click on the next arrow.

Tribes of the Great Plains

(1) During the 1700s, there were about 30 tribes that lived on the Great Plains. (2) Today, the area where the Indians of the Great Plains lived is located from the Rocky mountains to the Mississippi River. (3) These tribes tended to rely on buffalo as their food source as well as other daily needs, such as clothing.

Which of the following sentences could be added to this paragraph? Click the next button when you decide.

  • Christopher Columbus encountered Indians already living in America.
  • Buffalo were hunted almost to extinction in the 1800’s.
  • The Great Plains Indians were nomadic people, following the buffalo wherever they went. ← This follows from sentence 3.
  • Another type of Indian were the Navajo.

Remember, we are looking for a sentence that relates back to those Great Plains Indians and something that goes along with that main idea. And so the correct answer was number three, “The Great Plains Indians were nomadic people, following the buffalo wherever they went.” This sentence tells more about the great plains indians, who are the topic of this paragraph.