Lesson: 1: Finding the Main Idea of a Paragraph

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify the main idea of a paragraph using the topic sentence of the paragraph.

Lesson Plan

(I)               will explain that strong paragraphs have a topic sentence. This topic sentence is what the paragraph is mainly about. Often, it is the first or last sentence in a paragraph but sometimes it is in the middle of the paragraph. I will model the strategy of finding the sentence that the paragraph is mainly about in order to identify the main idea. I will read the first two paragraphs of “Buckle Up?” (passage provided in unit) and identify the sentences that are the main idea (or the topic sentence) in the paragraphs.  
 
(We)           will continue reading the passage “Buckle Up?” and use the strategy of identifying the sentence that tells us what each paragraph is mostly about. (Passage is provided). Students will work with partners to identify and underline the main idea of each paragraph. We will discuss how we determined the main idea of each paragraph.
 
(You)          will use the strategy of reading all the sentences in a paragraph to identify the main idea of each paragraph in “Hawaii Quakes, Then Shakes” (Passage is provided.) You will identify and underline the main idea of each paragraph and explain how you did so. (Independent Practice is provided.)


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"Buckle Up"   Reading Passage
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Student Independent Practice Worksheet   Classwork
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