Lesson: Assess on main ideas

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Lesson Objective

Students will demonstrate mastery on a main idea assessment.

Lesson Plan

Connection (3-5 mins): Readers this week you have spent a lot of time practicing with main ideas.  We learned strategies for fiction texts, non-fiction texts, and test taking.  The last step is to show what you know. 


Teach (10-12 mins): Students should be seated on the carpet with a partner.  They will be expected to turn and talk to this partner throughout the lesson.  Let’s review what we have learned this week before taking our assessment.  The main idea of a text is the most important idea or an idea that is repeatedly visited throughout the text. 


We learned many strategies this week.  Turn and tell your partner one strategy we can use to find the main idea.  Have students share out suggestions.  Students should mention boxes and bullets, somebody wanted by so, headings, and sentence starters.  You can use whatever strategy that you want while taking the assessment.  Good luck readers and try your best.  Off you go.


Active Engagement (15-20 mins): Students return to their seats.  They will be expected to complete the three question quiz.  I read the text aloud with some students as a group on the carpet.  Those students who are reading on a level well below fifth grade need the extra support.  If students finish early they may read independently at their seats.


Exit Slip/Share (3-5 mins): Students may share their answer choices in a classroom discussion format.  Teacher should collect the final papers at the end of workshop time to use as an assessment grade. 


Reflection: I find it really helpful to read aloud the text to students who may struggle with reading fluency and comprehension.  I noticed a marked improvement in assessment score from the previous assessment once I read aloud the text.  It is also beneficial to only read aloud the text to those students who need the support.  Students who were reading on a fourth or fifth grade level were expected to struggle with the text on their own to form meaning.

Lesson Resources

Main Idea Assessment.pdf  


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