Reflection: Lesson Planning Firehouse Dogs: Finding the Main Ideas - Section 1: Activator: Reread “Dalmatians: Firehouse Dogs”


The more students have an opportunity to employ comprehension strategies the more natural it becomes and the quicker they move through the process. Also, it becomes a good habit.  The one I most often employ is UNRAVEL. It is an anagram for a process for finding meaning in a text:

U – underline and read the title, subtitles, headings, and subheadings

N – notice pictures, maps, charts, diagrams, and captions

R – remember to number the paragraphs

A – are the key words (bold, italics, underlined) circled?

V – venture through the text. Highlight important work. Take notes and summarize in the margins or on stickies.

E – examine confusing parts of text by rereading ad using fix-up strategies.

L – look back and check when answering questions.

  UNRAVEL Strategy
  Lesson Planning: UNRAVEL Strategy
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Firehouse Dogs: Finding the Main Ideas

Unit 3: Nonfiction Part I
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: Identify the main ideas and supporting details in a nonfiction article about dalmations. Write a well-organized summary.

Big Idea: Dalmatians and firehouses just seem to go together. To discover how the relationship between the two started, students must unravel a complex text.

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