Lesson: Main Idea and Titles

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify the main idea of a text by only using the title, introduction and conclusion of the passage.

Lesson Plan

Do Now: 
What strategies do you use to find the main idea?  List at least 2. 


Did you ever look at whole passage and wonder woah, how can I read all of that and than think of what are all of those paragraphs all about?  How can I narrow all of that down.  Today you are going to learn a strategy for finding the main idea that doesn’t seem so “overwhelming”!  Get ready main idea masters!

Direct Instruction:
Finding the main idea of an entire text can be really easy when we just focus on a few important parts:  the title, the introduction, and the conclusion.  Secretly a lot of times hints of the main ideas are even given in the introduction and conclusion. 

Guided and Indpendent Practice:
Model the passage from any short story you have read in class.  White out all of the text besides the title, intro, and conclusion. 

Show main idea question, and show correct answer.

Demonstrate how you can determine the main idea directly from the last line of the text. 

Highlight the importance of looking at the title, introduction, and conclusion.

Model with another passage with students.   

Students share out what they think the main ideas might be based on reading the title, introductions, and conclusions. 
Today and everyday when you are looking for the main idea pay particular attention to the title, introduction, and conclusions to guide your decision making about the main idea. 

Reading a passage with only the title and introductions, and conclusions and determine a main idea. 

Highlighting the introduction and conclusion of the passage.  Using the titles.  Reading to students and having them generate answer choices.

Putting +’s and –‘s next to answer choices for possibilities and cross outs.

Teaching test taking strategies.
Looking at paragraphs and finding the main ideas.  Having students verbalize and introduction or a conclusion for a main idea. 

Writing a introduction and conclusion and having a friend determine your main idea.

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