Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Main Idea - Making a Poster on Ways to Take Care of the Forest - Section 3: Making Our Tree Map


If you look at the key shifts in the English Language Standards for Common Core, you'll see that shift 2 says that reading, writing, listening, and speaking is grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational.  The reason why we spend so much time diving into the text and organizing our thinking on our Tree Map is to make sure that what we write is based on evidence from the text.  We also spend a great deal of time in discussion in our reading group is so we can elaborate on particular facts.  For example, in this lesson we spent a great deal of time discussing why when we camp we should use a propane grill instead of a charcoal grill.  We discussed how propane wouldn't generate ashes like charcoal would.  It's those ashes that could float through the air and cause a fire.  It's this content knowledge that the students gain that makes their comprehension and their writing richer.

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Main Idea - Making a Poster on Ways to Take Care of the Forest

Unit 14: Small Group Reading Lessons
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: SWBAT identify the main idea and supporting details in an informational text.

Big Idea: Students will analyze the main ideas in an informational text and then report out about their analysis to educate others about the environment.

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English / Language Arts, main idea and details, analysis, narrative
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