Support Main Idea with Textual Evidence

Support Main Idea with Textual Evidence

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Scaffold Mini-Lesson Concepts to Teach Main Idea

Scaffold Mini-Lesson Concepts to Teach Main Idea

Students often struggle determining the main idea of a text. They need direct and explicit instruction on the skill. But before you start teaching main idea, you may need to backfill and clarify that students know some other skills first. Topic v. Topic Sentence...
Teach Main Idea with Titles

Teach Main Idea with Titles

With the rigorous expectations outlined in the CCSS, primary students have to do more than just orally retell a text. We have to push them to summarize the most important parts of the text and eventually determine the main idea. Although advanced, these skills are...
Use Songs to Target Main Idea

Use Songs to Target Main Idea

Eastwood Elementary (New Castle, IN) first grade teacher Susie Allen uses music lyrics to target main idea. After discussing that the main idea is a general, umbrella explanation of what something is about, she plays songs that students aren’t familiar with...