The first organizer can be used for any work you want your students to find the central idea of.
-Read whatever work you want them to find the central idea of. On the worksheet, I have the students pull out key words from the speech that we will eventually make into a central idea.
-Then I ask for volunteers to give me a word they wrote down and write them on the board.
- From the list, we make a coherent sentence. The sentence might say, “When someone is under oppression, they should speak out for equality.” We tweak this some, but this exercise helps them know how they can formulate a central idea without it seeming overwhelming.
- After we have a good sentence, we go back through the speech and look for support and write that in the boxes. Then they have to write an analysis.
You can use this as a springboard to a paper or a stand-alone activity.
The second organizer is if you do two texts.
If you would like to do an entire unit on Central Idea of one text, click below:
Central Idea Unit for One Text
If you want a provided text:
Central Idea of Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
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Key Words: Central Idea, Worksheet, TN Ready, Freshman, 9th grade