Lesson Plan

Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction

In this lesson, students will identify nouns and pronouns as they distinguish between the main idea and supporting details. It may be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to compare and contrast two nonfiction texts on the same topic.

Language

Students will be able to identify the main idea and supporting details with nouns and pronouns using a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Tell students that, as fourth graders, they need to know how to compare and contrast nonfiction texts.
  • Explain that before they learn how to compare and contrast this type of text, they should practice identifying and telling the difference between the main idea and supporting details. Instruct students to do a choral read of the student-friendly language objective for the lesson.