This Anchor Chart provides a step-by-step list of how to find the main idea (or central idea in Common Core terms) of an info. text.
The bottom of the anchor chart also details some of the tips and tricks that are particularly challenging for middle school students.
This anchor chart is useful when teaching more complex informational texts that require close reading of each paragraph to sufficiently understand the main idea of the entire text.
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Making Connections While Reading Anchor Chart
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