This interactive whiteboard/Smartboard lesson is all you need to teach the important skill of finding main ideas and details in fiction and nonfiction texts. First it explains main ideas and details so students understand the terms. Next, posters and charts are shown that explain main idea concepts: differences to look for in nonfiction and fiction texts; steps to follow; key words to look for; graphic organizers to use; and questions to ask yourself while reading (use can then make these posters in your room to use as anchor charts). Finally, many examples are given in easy-to-follow-steps on finding the main idea in all types of passages (some main ideas are listed as topic sentences, some are used as summary sentences, and some are implied where students look for key words that are repeated in passages). The last slide shows students how they can organize writing a paragraph after finding the main ideas and details in a passage (using transitions that work). All slides are interactive in some way: highlight or circle ideas, flip cards are used, clicking on multiple choice answers revealing correct and incorrect choices made, and graphic organizers you can write on and use to model a guided lesson. This lesson can be done as a minilesson, review, or over a few days introducing the concept. It is very thorough and all you need to teach this major reading comprehension skill.
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