Lesson: Using Maps to Guide Main Idea Selections

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to use map features and titles to generate and idea for the main idea for a map and guide determining a clarification for an overall main idea of the passage.

Lesson Plan

 

 

State Standard:  3.IT-E.1. Identify the main purpose or main point (idea) and supporting details in informational text.

3.IT-E.6. Identify and use knowledge of common textual features to make predictions about content (e.g., title, heading, table of contents, glossary, and captions).

 

Standard Name: Main Idea & Text Features

Objective: Students will be able to use map features and titles to generate and idea for the main idea for a map and guide determining a clarification for an overall main idea of the passage. 

 

Do-Now:  Pass out different pictures of different maps and have students write a main idea for a passage that they think a map might belong to.

 

Opening: Sometimes we don’t just see pictures in information text but we can also see maps.  When we see a map on a test or passage it is so important t to take the time to carefully scan the map and pull out all of the information the map is showing us. 

 

Directed Instruction: 

Model looking at the map from stories or passages.  Let’s look at all of the parts of this map.  Sometimes maps can have a title and a scale.  Just like titles of passages can help you determine what a passage is mostly about, the title of a map can also really help you determine what that map is mostly about.  So let’s look at this map and look at all of the parts.

 

Now we will make a prediction about what the whole passage or reading might be about if the author chose to include this as a text feature.  Author’s use text features to support their reasoning or choices when it comes to text features. 

 

Look at another map with the students.  Identify all of the parts.  Send students back to their seats to identify the main idea of the map.

Guided Practice: Look at maps with students and guide them through how you can use the map to infer why the author chose to include it and how they can derive and support a main idea by using the text features. This also gives the students another reason to make sure they are thoroughly analyzing and using the features to help them with their understanding of the text. 

 

Independent Practice:

Students will navigate around the room in groups to try and determine main idea meanings based on text feature passages that include maps. 

 

Closing:  What type of main idea would you infer if you saw a map of our classroom?  What do you think the article would mostly be about?  What is a title you can use for that article.      

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