This is a step by step guideline for finding the central idea in a text. It can also be used to assess students' learning along the way. My students were struggling with finding one central idea in a text, let alone finding two of them and how they changed in a text. I developed this central idea worksheet / graphic organizer to help them organize their thoughts and notes. When I broke it down into smaller chunks, it helped them understand the steps needed to grasp the concept of CCSS RL 7.2. This lesson can be a short one or long one based on your reading material.