Reflection: Rainbow Main Idea and Supporting Details - Section 4: Closure


I paid particular attention to the Questions I have section. One student asked if the last and first sentence was always the main idea. This is a strategy I am loathe to teach students because it is not always true. (I believe the occurrence is about 50/50, but I have not done a formal analysis.) I stress that to them, but some students still take it as gospel. Even when the colors give a visual cue that the first or last sentence is not the main idea, some students still select it as the answer. 

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Rainbow Main Idea and Supporting Details

Unit 10: Reading Informational Text
Lesson 4 of 15

Objective: SWBAT determine the main idea of a text by highlighting supporting details.

Big Idea: Students use various colors to visually "see" the main idea through the number of details.

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