The purpose of this graphic organizer is to help students find the main idea. I designed the graphic organizer (with eight sections) for a second grader who was reading at a kindergarten level. The “Finding the Main Idea Graphic Organizer with Space for Drawings, Second Edition” includes a slightly revised version of the original graphic organizer with eight sections as well as an additional version of the graphic organizer that has four sections.
This graphic organizer allows the student to record supporting details by drawing pictures; writing key words, phrases, or sentences; and making citations with page numbers. The graphic organizer with four sections fits nicely onto one sheet whereas students can use tape or glue in order to combine the two sheets of the eight-section graphic organizer at the dotted line. Whichever version your students use, they will have a great visual of the supporting details in a passage and how these details support the main idea.
This graphic organizer can be a great work product to use for bulletin boards when posted on 9 x 12 or 12 x 18 inch construction paper.
First grade: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.2: Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Second grade: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.2: Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Third grade: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.