Lesson: Main Idea: Using Introductions

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Lesson Objective

Readers predict the main idea by reading the introduction. Sometimes the introduction is written before the title.

Lesson Plan

Point:  Writers help their readers understand the text by organizing their text in logical ways.  Introductions, tables of contents, headings, and paragraph divisions are tools that they use to help their readers.  Readers get their minds ready to read by reading the introduction.  Sometimes the introduction is written before the title.

Link: Readers, we have been talking for the last week about how graphic features like pictures, maps, diagrams, charts, and graphs help readers learn more about the main idea of a text.  Today, we are going to start talking about how writers help their readers understand the text by organizing their texts in logical ways.  Introductions are one tool that writers use to help their readers.

Teaching: Introductions help readers get their minds ready to read.  An introduction introduces the article to the reader.  It tells the reader what to focus their minds on while reading.  Sometimes there is even an introduction before the title.  When there is writing before the title of an article, that writing is really important.  It is there to focus your mind.  You need to read it as many times as you need to in order to get your mind ready to read the article.  Let’s practice this strategy together.  [Pass out the article “Schoolyard toys.”]  When I look at this article, I have to notice that there is writing on top of the title.  Point to where I should start reading.  Exactly, I need to start with reading the part in italics.  Listen to me read that introduction.  [Read introduction.]  Now listen carefully to how I get ready to read the article. Hmmm… Well, I know that this article is not about games we play now because the introduction talks about games played long ago.  It says that it explains how those games were played.  So I think that I will learn the rules to some old games.  Now my mind is ready to read about some old time games and to learn the rules of how they were played.   

Active Engagement: Now, I want to see whether your mind is ready to read this article.  Reread the introduction with your partner and then tell your partner what you expect to read in this article. 

Link: Every time you read an article, look to see if there is writing above the title.  If there is, then you need to read it to get your mind ready to read the article.  Off you go.

Share: [Just share things that they learned from reading.  Free share]

Materials: Article called ”Schoolyard Toys” (Highlights?)

 

 

 

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