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Main Idea and Detail using Highlights Magazine articles - An Eye Out for Owls

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This activity uses a high interest nonfiction article with permission from Highlights Children, Inc. There are various levels of the graphic organizer included to help students understand how main ideas and details are related and that NOT ALL MAIN IDEAS CAN BE FOUND IN THE ARTICLE (huge misconception with many teachers). I've used this article for years and the easiest way to teach main idea and detail is to tell your students that you can see or draw a detail - but not a main idea. Ideas are abstract and can only be generated when like details show the reader the main idea. When reading an article, for example, the author will include ALL of the details but not all (and sometimes no) main ideas in the text.

Main Idea = The Topic + What the author tells us about the topic

So no more "looking" for the main idea. It's time to generate those main ideas people...

Page 1 - Cover Page
Page 2 & 3 - Article "An Eye Out for Owls" from Highlights Children, Inc.
Page 4 - Graphic Organizer (complete)
Page 5 - Graphic Organizer for students to complete (main Idea of article missing, main ideas within article given, details missing)
Page 6 - Graphic Organizer for students to complete (details given, main ideas missing)
Page 7 - Graphic Organizer for students to complete (main Ideas and details incomplete in cloze format)
Page 8 - Graphic Organizer (blank)
Page 9 - Students use G.O. to write a summary of the article
Page 10 - Common Core Standards
Page 11 - Links to more goodies
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