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Main Topic

It's time to dig into some nonfiction books! In this lesson, students will practice identifying the main topic of nonfiction texts. This lesson can be used alone or with the How to Find the Main Idea lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the How to Find the Main Idealesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify the main topic of nonfiction texts.

Language

Students will be able to explain the main topic of a text at a sentence level using sentence frames and partner support.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Hold up a nonfiction book.
  • Ask the students to look closely at the cover of the book.
  • Have students turn and talk to a partner about what they think the book might be about.