Lesson Plan

Power Reading

Help students learn how to read passages with multiple main ideas and differentiate between main ideas and supporting details by creating a graphic organizer with proof from the text.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to differentiate between the main idea and supporting details with evidence from the text.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(10 minutes)
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  • Help remind students of what they have previously learned about a text's main idea and supporting details by asking them what they can recall. After a brief discussion, remind students that the main idea in a text is what the passage is mostly about and details are facts or evidence that support the main idea.
  • Inform students that sometimes passages have more than one main idea, so they need to know how to differentiate the main ideas and details in order to understand what they read.
  • Tell students that one way they can keep organized is to use power thinking.
  • Explain that power thinking is when one uses a simple graphic organizer where main ideas and details are assigned numbers. Main ideas are power 1 ideas, while details are powers 2, 3, or 4.

Beginning

  • Have ELs tell a partner the definition of main ideas and supporting details, either in their new language (L2) or their home language (L1).
  • Highlight the cognate for the word "main idea" and "details" if you have Spanish speakers.

Intermediate

  • Provide the sentence stem: "The main idea is________."
  • Model with a familiar or culturally relevant topic.