Lesson Plan

Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Texts

Support your EL students in understanding and identifying the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text. This can support the lesson Tip of the Iceberg: Nonfiction Summary Details.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Tip of the Iceberg: Nonfiction Summary Detailslesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to summarize key details of nonfiction texts.

Language

Students will be able to identify the main idea and details in a nonfiction text with transition words using sentence frames and a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Tell students that today you'll be discussing main ideas and details.
  • Explain that they will be using sentence frames and graphic organizers to help them write about the main idea and details of a nonfiction text.
  • Ask students to think about what they know about main idea and details. Give students a moment of think time, then have them discuss their background knowledge with peers.
  • Call on a few students to share their background knowledge. Write student responses on the board to revisit later in the lesson.