Lesson: Main Idea: Understanding Each Section

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Lesson Objective

Readers need to understand what each section is about.

Lesson Plan

Point: Readers need to understand what each section is about.


Connection: Yesterday, you found out that you can use headings to discover what they author is teaching you in that section. Today we’ll learn that readers need to understand what each section is about.


Teaching: Non-fiction books give us lots of information about a topic.  These books are loaded with interesting facts and we need to make sure that we understand what each section is teaching us. Readers need to be able to explain what they learned from a section in one or two sentences to prove that they understood it. Remember that readers always reread the section if they don’t understand it the first time.

Let me show you what I mean in How Do Animals Adapt? This section is called, “Fooled You!” (page 20) Listen as I read the section and think about what I learned. (Read Fooled You!) Now I need to stop at the end of the section and explain what I learned in one or two sentences.  “The section ‘Fooled You!’ is about animals that disguise their bodies or pretend to be dead in order to fool the predators who would kill and eat them.”  Now it’s your turn to read a part of your book and explain the important things you learned from the section.


Active Engagement: Take out the non-fiction book you have been working on.  Turn to a shorter section of the book.  Quietly read through the section and then raise your hand if you can explain what you learned in one or two sentences. 


Link:  Today and everyday when you’re reading non-fiction you need to make sure you understand the sections you read.  Be sure to reread if you don’t understand the section. When we come back to the rug we’re going to have a few scholars tell us what they read by saying the title of the section (or heading) and sharing what they learned.  OR Today you will use a post-it note to write down two important facts that you learned in one section of your non-fiction book.  Write the title of the section (or heading) at the top of the post-it.  Then number the two most important facts in that section.  The heading or title always gives a clue as to what the section is trying to teach you.   


Share:  Who can raise their hand and give us a short oral summary of what they read in their non-fiction books today? OR Who can explain what they learned in one section of the book. 









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