Lesson Plan What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts Need extra help for EL students? Try the Adjectives in Informational Texts pre-lesson. Learning Objectives
Students will be able to write a three- to four-sentence summary on nonfiction texts.
Introduction (5 minutes)
Tell students that knowing how to summarize a nonfiction text is a skill that will help them in the future.
Inform them that knowing how to clearly state the main points of an informational text is important when they read news articles or watch videos related to science or social studies.
Tell students that today they will practice identifying the main idea of a text to write a three- to four-sentence summary.
Show examples of short informational texts students are familiar with as you introduce the topic of nonfiction summaries.
Provide a student-friendly definition of "main idea" in students' home language (L1) and English (L2).