Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Determining the Main Idea and Details and Theme of the Story - Section 2: Main Idea and Details - Guided Practice


     My poor students had been through so much the week we did this lesson.   This was the week that we had been taking the SAT 10 tests all week.  We did this lesson in the afternoon and they were just mentally spent.  I saw that their attention was beginning to wander, so I decided to switch things up a bit.  I said, " Now I need to go now but I'm going to send in another teacher to work with you on the details." They were looking at me, all confused as I walked out the door.  I came back in about 20 seconds later, my glasses pushed down my nose and I was speaking in a British accent (I was desperate to hold their attention).  I said, "Hello.  My name is Ms. Sassafrass (because I'm sassy!) and I will be teaching you for the next little bit.  I hear you just wrote down the main idea and now we need to tell the details." I proceeded to ham it up, and I wouldn't believe what they told me, I was always asking for evidence to prove that they were right.  We wrote down our details.  After writing our details, we answered the question "What is this story mostly about?" on page 23 of our student packet. 

     You can see Mrs. Sassafrass in action right here Mrs. Sass and Our Details - Day Six Owl Moon.mp4 (My apologies to British people everywhere for my horrible accent!) Sometimes its all you can do to hold their attention and this time it worked!  You can also see my students answering our question here Text Dependent...Main Idean and Details - Day Six Owl Moon.mp4.

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Determining the Main Idea and Details and Theme of the Story

Unit 21: A First Grade Reading Comprehension Unit on "Owl Moon"
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT retell the story describing the characters, setting, and major events using key details.

Big Idea: Today we are going to determine the main idea and details and discuss the theme of a story.

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English / Language Arts, cause / effect context clue, Reading Comprehension, main idea and details, theme, relationship, storytelling
  40 minutes
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