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I would love to hear your feedback :). I created this main idea product for (grades 2-4) students to be able to demonstrate their understanding of both fiction and nonfiction texts by choosing details that help them know main ideas and by writing out that main idea. I wrote the passages to be just long enough for teachers to quickly assess whether students know the skill.
The passages progress in difficulty so that they can be used to differentiate within reading groups while still teaching the main idea concept to all of the levels in a classroom. Each passage asks students to write a sentence to explain the main idea and has a multiple choice question that asks which detail in the selection helped them know the main idea so it is a reliable format. It becomes valid when students receive feedback and the ideas are discussed. This product is not editable.
Here is what is included:
Two nonfiction selections
One fiction selection
suggestions for teachers
Main idea graphic organizer/writing template for extensions
Answer keys for each passage
You might also like the original packet with 15 passages:
CORE STANDARDS COVERED
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.2 Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
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.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.