Lesson: Subheadings and Main Ideas

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to create a subheading, turn a subheading into a main idea sentence, and give details to support their main idea reasoning.

Lesson Plan

State Standard: 3.IT-E.6. Identify and use knowledge of common textual features to make predictions about content (e.g., title, heading, table of contents, glossary, and captions).

 

Standard Name: Text Features

Objective: Students will be able to create a subheading, turn a subheading into a main idea sentence, and give details to support their main idea reasoning. 

 

Do-Now:  Share out:  if someone was going to give a subheading about your life what would the subheading be?

 

 

Opening: Finding the main idea in informational text can be a really hard thing to figure out.  But sometimes text features can really help us figure out a main idea.  A great way to find out the main idea of a paragraph is to use the heading or subheading.  Today we will learn how to look at paragraphs and create subheadings so that we can help determine the main idea of a certain paragraph or section of a passage or informational text. 

 

Directed Instruction: 

Define subheadings and headings.  Subheadings are used to further distinguish a paragraph from a certain topic or  area.  Headings are short phrases that introduce the beginning of a section by describing that section.  Today we are going to look at some paragraphs and use those paragraphs of information to create our own subheadings and then create a main idea sentence based on those subheadings that we have created. 

 

Guided Practice: Use the resource writing subheadings practice to guide students through how you would read a passage and then write a subheading.  When you have written a subheading you can determine a main idea, and then guide them writing a response that would support the choice of main idea.

 

Independent Practice:

Students finish sheet.

You can take a newspaper or magazine article and have the subheadings or headings whited out of them and then have students create new subheadings or headings based on the selection.

Lesson Resources

Writing Subheadings Main Idea Practice   Classwork

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