Lesson Plan

Differentiating Main Ideas from Details

Use this lesson to help your ELs understand main idea and supporting details in the context of sentences and paragraphs. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Power Reading lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Power Readinglesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Power Readinglesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to differentiate between the main idea and supporting details with evidence from the text.

Language

Students will be able to differentiate between main ideas and supporting details with new vocabulary using graphic organizers.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Movies Sentence ChunkMovies and Main IdeasLanguage Frames: Nonfiction SummaryTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceGraphic Organizer Template: Multiple Meaning TableVocabulary Cards: Differentiating Main Ideas from DetailsGlossary: Differentiating Main Ideas from Details
  • Gauge students’ background knowledge by distributing the index card sets to each group of four students and asking them to sort the index cards into two categories: main idea and supporting details. Ask one group to share their responses and justify their choices. Have the other students agree or disagree with the group's answers by putting their thumbs up or down.
  • Choose a student to read the language objective and define main idea and supporting details. Ask the student to reference the main idea index cards in the definitions. Provide corrections in the definition as necessary. Note student understanding of the words as you may need to rephrase the definitions throughout the lesson for added support.
  • Tell students they will analyze word, sentence, and paragraph structures to help them identify main ideas and supporting details in a text.