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Story Writing in English with the Main Idea and Key details for Class 4

The students will learn story writing in English using the main idea and key details. There are also story writing examples with pictures for the students to refer to. Common mistakes should be avoided while using this topic.

In this learning concept, the students will learn the following:

  • To identify the main idea and key details.
  • To create a story with the help of the main idea and key details.

Every concept is taught to class 4 English students with the help of examples, illustrations, and concept maps. Once you go through a concept, assess your learning by solving the two printable story writing worksheets given at the end of the page.

Download the worksheets and check your answers with the worksheet solutions for the concept provided in PDF format.

Story Writing Definition

Story writing with the main idea and key details can be challenging.
The writer has to find the main idea that he or she wants to convey through the story. There have to be key details that will be connected to the main idea.


Rahul is a 7-year-old boy. He is in grade 7. Rahul does his homework regularly. He secured good marks in the exam. After returning from school, he always studies for 3 hours.

Story writing examples

Now, let’s find out more about main idea and key details.

What is the Main Idea?

The main idea of a story is the main concept that the author wants to convey through the narrative, characters, and settings. Observing the actions of the character, the placement of the settings will help the reader understand the main idea. The main idea in stories is not directly expressed but is hidden in the story.


My name is Ravi. I had a pet dog whose name was Rocky. Rocky came to my house when he was just 3 months old. He loves to play with me all the time. I spend a lot of time with Rocky. I also take him for a walk in the evening.

A story
Main idea example

How to Find the Main Idea in a Story

To find out the main idea, one has to apply various strategies and approaches to make sure that the main idea is guessed correctly. You can use various clues to find the main idea in the story. The table given below will help you find the main idea in the story.

Look for the situation the central character is in.
See the patterns in the plot. There will be similar patterns that the main character will go through.
Read what the characters are saying.
Try to tell the story in a single sentence.

What are the key details in a story?

Key details are essential pieces of information that support the main idea of the story. Key details are the who, what, where, and why of the story.


My name is Kunal. I stay in Kolkata. It is monsoon time here and there is rain for most of the days. There is a slight wind blowing during the night and the days are cold.

Key Details

Examples of key details

How to Find the Key Details in the Story?

Asking the following questions will help you to find out the key details of the story.

Find key details

Common Mistakes

Don’t confuse between a summary and the main idea. Although there is similarity between summary and main idea but both are different. Refer to the table below for better understanding.




Summary States the important details.   Summary is long. 
Main Idea States the important details.  Main Idea is of one sentence.
story writing with main idea and key details chart
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