Lesson Plan

Putting it Together to Find the Main Idea

Get students curious about reading with these activities designed to support comprehension. This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Main Ideas and Details lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Main ideas and Details lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Main ideas and Details lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify and write the main ideas and details of a text.

Language

Students will be able to identify the main idea and supporting details of a fiction text with grade level words using written supports.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Display the cover of a well known book to your class. Ask the students what they think the book is about.
  • Say, "This book is about ________. Since it is mainly about ________, this is the main idea."
  • Explain that today they will learn more about how to decide what a book is about using some fun activities.