Lesson Plan In Search of the Main Idea Need extra help for EL students? Try the Main ideas and Details pre-lesson. Learning Objectives
Students will be able to identify main ideas and supporting details.
Introduction (10 minutes)
Tell students that the
main idea is the most important or central idea in a paragraph. Just like there is a main street in a town, there is a main idea in a written passage. Show students a box. Place various cooking supplies in the box. Pull out one object from the box at a time. At the end, ask what these items all have in common.
Make the connection that the theme of this box is also its main idea.
Beginning: Give students the name of all the objects. Allow ELs to act out how they would use the tools to show they're understanding.
Intermediate: Encourage them to provide an example of how all the objects are used together. Provide a word box of the tools.
Have ELs tell a partner the definition of main ideas and supporting details, either in English or their home language (L1). If needed, provide the sentence stem "The main idea is ___."
Model with a familiar or culturally relevant topic.