Determining Main Idea & Key Supporting Details in an Informational Text (BUNDLE)

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    Great ways to use this product - Teacher Appraisal System, Sub Plans, Lesson Plan

    *Nonfiction Reading passages (articles) that celebrate Black History Month icons such as Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Bessie Coleman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Jan Ernst Matzeliger, etc.

    I do EVERYTHING for your Main Idea lesson in this Power Point. I include your printables and answer keys that I used in class.

    I created this Main Idea Power Point to help me teach my students how to locate KEY supporting details. Once they are able to do this, then I have them analyze the key details to come up with a main idea leading them to summarize the reading passage. I have always taught main idea backwards (starting with the key details) and have had great success with this strategy.

    I broke this Power Point up into (5) days. In this PPT you receive 86 slides that you can use with your students. I included a slide for the following:

    - Common Core Standard

    - Vocabulary Words

    - Essential Question

    - I Can Statement (one for each day)

    - (4) Reading Passages for Interactive Notebooks (Reader's Notebook)

    - (2) Graphic Organizers with an Answer Key for each

    - (4) Formative Assessments - start with the Stevie Wonder Assessment

    Day 1 - I can determine key supporting details within an informational text.

    I Do, We Do, You Do slides showing students how to analyze a passage and highlight key details.

    Day 2 - I can determine the main idea of an informational text by using key supporting details.

    I Do, We Do, You Do, using the highlighted key details from the day before and creating a main idea to go with those same passages.

    Day 3 - I can use a graphic organizer, along with key details, to help me determine the main idea.

    I Do, We Do, You Do, with (2) new passages showing students how to locate key details and a main idea using a graphic organizer.

    Day 4 - I can summarize the text by determining the main idea of a text, recount key details, and explain how they support the main idea.

    I Do, We Do, You Do, using the same strategies listed above to help locate the summary using a graphic organizer.

    Day 5 - I can assess my understanding of determining the main idea of a text by recounting key details while summarizing the text.

    You Do using the summative assessment in my resource packet or one of your own.

    Included in this packet is a short formative assessment where you can track the student's growth on this objective. I do this daily after I teach my lesson. This helps me to quickly see who needs a quick reteach. If you are not currently tracking data, check out these binder pages I created to help you track your students in their comprehension. I have seen tremendous growth since tracking EVERYTHING my students do - including keeping track of these formative assessments before giving a summative assessment.

    I hope you find this Power Point useful. These help me to stay focused and on track while teaching and refer daily to the Essential Question and I Can Statement because it's in the slide.


    Here are some supplemental resources you can use with your Main Idea/Supporting Details lesson plans. This packet also includes question stems from the *NEW ELA TEKS* for 3rd grade.

    Included in this packet are the following resources:

    * Pre-Assessment (5-question quiz on Michael Jackson printable on Quizizz)

    * Match Game (photos) - Students match the photographs (details) to their topic sentence (main idea).

    * Discussion Cards - using STAAR-related question stems, students analyze their nonfiction texts while questioning each other.

    * Sentence Activity Cards - Students analyze (4) sentences and determine which (3) are the details and which one is the main idea.

    * Formative Assessment - A rubric I created to assess students based on the I-Can statement for the day. Great way to track students and pull small groups before giving them a summative assessment.

    * Vocabulary - 3 posters that can be displayed in the classroom

    * Reflections - 2 reflection forms to be completed AFTER the lesson

    * Summative Assessment - test to be given at the end of the week to determine mastery of the skill.

    My students LOVED the task cards I created for this lesson! They are to be used at the beginning of each lesson to get them excited about the mini-lesson. I hope you find these resources useful.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions, and make sure to check out these other great resources from my store similar to this one.

    Main Idea/Summary Graphic Organizer - FREE

    Tracking Student Data Binder Pages

    Using Text Features to Locate Information (BUNDLE) - TEKS

    Using Text Features to Locate Information (BUNDLE) - Common Core

    Independent Reading Lesson Plan - Common Core

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.


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