The central idea of a text is the point the author wants to make about a topic. All of the other details in the text should support the central idea by giving more information about it.
This lesson includes instructional strategies (teacher tools) and activities (student work) to help students learn how to recognize the central idea of a text and develop a central idea in their own writing. In addition, resources about informational/explanatory texts are included.
This lesson pairs with the Ideas: Central Idea (Workshop Lesson) that can also be found in my TPT store.