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This purchase includes 16 passages (mostly non-fiction) with two sets of critical thinking, differentiated questioning cards.
The first set focuses on main idea and details in a multiple, multiple choice setup. The task may ask the student to pick the TWO best main ideas from the choices given, or it may ask to select all the details from the given choices that support the main idea from above. I use the first one or two cards to model with my students that need more practice when it comes to determining the main idea or seeking out details to support the main idea.
The second set of question cards focuses on main idea and details in a more open-ended way. The task may ask the student to create 1 or 2 main ideas for the passage, or may ask the student to list all the details that support the main idea. Another task the student will come across will be to create a title that captures what the paragraph is mostly about. I use these cards to challenge my students who are comfortable with determining the main ideas in different texts. **Please note that the answer key is just a SAMPLE of possible answers-they will vary!**
What really worked in my classroom with these cards is the fact that the passages are the SAME for either question set. Therefore, I could mix and match which questions from each set I wanted to use depending on the level of the students I was working with. I think it’s important for ALL students to see the multiple, multiple choice setup in set 1, because that correlates to how our state test questions work, but I think it’s just as important to have some open-ended questions for critical thinking purposes. Feel free to mix and match!
I usually print out the task cards, laminate, and place on binder rings so the passages are easy to flip through. Then the question cards I usually just print, laminate, and switch out depending on what group is working at that particular center. However, there are multiple ways you can integrate these cards into your teaching!
Recording sheets and answer keys are included for both question sets.
Looking for more Main Idea Resources?
Check out my interactive Main Idea POKE Activity:
Finding the Main Idea and Important Details POKE Activity
or my Main Idea Printables:
Main Idea Printables through Informational Text
OR BUY ALL 3 PRODUCTS for $6.25 in my MAIN IDEA BUNDLE!
Main Idea BUNDLE: Task Cards, POKE Activity, and Printables