Lesson: 2: Identifying Details that Support the Main Idea

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to distinguish main details from secondary details in a paragraph.

Lesson Plan

(I)               will identify the main idea of the first paragraph of “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” using the strategy of identifying the topic sentence in the paragraph. (Passage is provided.) I will model how to distinguish main details (or the most important details) from secondary details (or details that are less important) in the paragraph. For example, the first and second sentences are secondary details because they are not as important to the main idea of the paragraph, but the third and fourth sentences are main details. They strongly support the main idea of the paragraph.
 
(We)           will work together to determine the main idea of the remaining paragraphs in “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” and decide which details are main details and which are secondary details.
 
(You)          will read “Seven Great Summits” (passage is provided), identify the main idea, and determine which details are main details and which are secondary. (Independent Practice is provided.)


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"Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?"   Reading Passage
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Student Independent Practice Worksheet   Activity
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