This graphic organizer can be used with the essay "Called Out" by Barbara Kingsolver to help students understand how details support the main idea of an essay. The graphic organizer also guides students in identifying textual evidence by showing them examples, and helps them make sense of technical language by explaining or illustrating specific details.
I have my students first write the main idea of the essay. Sometimes we will do this as a whole group since the rest of the activity hinges on this.
I then have them read the textual evidence details provided and illustrate to show they understand. This essay contains a lot of technical language, so I allow them to illustrate because some find it difficult to summarize in their own words, and illustrations allow them to use a different part of their brain.
The last step is to find 2 more pieces of textual evidence that support the main idea of the essay. They will write the textual evidence with line references in the empty boxes, then illustrate as before.