10/30/21 – ELA – Major and Minor Details Part 2 (Description Text Structure

Virtual Learning

Today we learned about major and minor details by identifying and analyzing paragraphs with the description text structure. Please refer to your notes below to help guide you in completing the homework for tonight.


The above image illustrates what kind of details are present in paragraphs with a description text structure; the five senses and examples are usually contained in these types of paragraphs. The signal words here also help clue us into what type of words appear often in description text structures.


Please use the example of the detail web above to complete today’s homework which will be to read a short informative story and pull out the main idea and relevant details. Please label if the detail is MAJOR or MINOR.

Your homework will be completed in this JamBoard or in your notebook:


Here is the paragraph (its also in the JamBoard):

The Egyptian pyramids were built about 1900 B.C. There has been a great deal of speculation about how they were built and with what tools. Interestingly enough, wall paintings have explained the mystery. To begin, the ancient Egyptians moves massive stones by wetting the sand in front of a contraption built to pull the heavy objects. Wetting the sand made pulling easier than if they had tried pulling the materials on dry soil. Once this was done, the Egyptians were able to pull the heavy stones back to Giza. After arrival, they were able to make mortar from the surrounding mud. They were then able to create a pulling contraption to hoist the heavy rocks into the air and place the stones into their final resting places. It is amazing to think that before the creation of the wheel, the ancient civilization was able to transport and then build such beautiful structures.