This handy review activity is perfect for students in high school who are struggling with central idea (especially when preparing for the NYS ELA Regents Exam).
The notes contain a brief review of central idea, an acronym to help students formulate their own central ideas, and pitfalls to avoid when writing their own central ideas. The activity following the notes is in two parts. The first part asks students to read poorly written "central ideas" and identify some of the problems with them. The second part asks students to read more sophisticated central ideas and explain why they are well-written. The activity contains a total of 12 practice sentences.
This activity works well as a group or an individual activity. In either case, students should have the opportunity to hear each other's thoughts by the end of the lesson.
Download includes an answer key.