Lesson Plan

Hey! What’s the Big Idea?

Your students will practice searching for clues to uncover the main idea and supporting details in nonfiction texts about John Muir and Day of the Dead traditions around the world.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the main idea of a nonfiction text.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(3 minutes)
  • Tell students that today we will be looking at different nonfiction texts and identifying the main idea of each text.
  • Explain that the main idea is what the text is mostly about.
  • Explain that in order to determine the main idea of a text you have to look for clues throughout the reading process.

Beginning

  • Show students examples of simple nonfiction texts so they familiarize themselves with the genre.

Intermediate

  • Define "nonfiction" and "clues" in student-friendly terms in English or in students' home language if applicable.