Lesson Plan

Main Idea and Supporting Evidence

Use this lesson to help your ELs identify the main idea and supporting evidence in a short fictional text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Reading Closely.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Reading Closely lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Reading Closely lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify the main idea and one piece of supporting evidence in a fictional text.

Language

Students will be able to identify the main idea in a story by focusing on the subject and using interactive supports.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Write a student-friendly learning objective on the board and read it aloud. An example objective is, "I can find the main idea and supporting evidence in a story."
  • Under the objective, write a sentence stem that reads: "I think we will learn about..."
  • Tell students to turn to a seat partner. Explain that one partner will be A and the other will be B. (Note: Help students form partnerships, if needed, and hand out sticky notes to assign A and B partners.)
  • Instruct partner A to read the objective aloud to partner B. Then tell partner B to explain the objective in their own words using the sentence stem for support. (Note: Write the letter A next to the objective and the letter B next to the sentence stem on the board to support students in understanding their roles.)
  • Explain that today they will read some short stories as they practice finding the main idea and supporting evidence in each story.