Summary - A book about a Native American grandfather and grandson's Feast Day preparations and celebrations. Every June 24th, the Tewas of San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico, celebrate life and give thanks. Dancing to the Tewas is like saying a prayer: it is used to heal the sick; to bless, thank, honor, or show respect; and always to ask for rain. The author explains the significance of the three dances shown?the Buffalo, the Comanche, and the Eagle. Through exquisite full-color photographs and accompanying prose, she reveals the people's rich traditions.
Skill: Topic, Main Idea, and Supporting Details
Topic: This is "what" a story or piece of writing is about. It is the "big idea".
Main Idea: This is the most important idea of a paragraph or work. It is the main point the author wishes to make. Sometimes you'll find the main idea in the first or last sentence. Other times you need to find the main idea for yourself. The author may not come right out and tell you so you have to make inferences to find the implied main idea.
Supporting Details: The rest of the paragraph gives details about the main idea that explain "why". The details always support (prove) the main idea. To tell the difference between a main idea and a detail ask yourself: Is this what the whole paragraph is about? In longer text, a paragraph does not stand by itself. Every paragraph is related to the other paragraphs around it, to the other chapters, or the whole book. In a longer text the main idea can usually be found in the first or last paragraph.