Main Idea Collaboration

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Main Idea and Supporting Details done in groups with chart paper! This is a great way to have the students do cooperative learning while conquering a difficult skill! Below is all of the information you will need to be successful with this lesson.


(4.6) Comprehension skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student uses metacognitive skills to both develop and deepen comprehension of increasingly complex texts. The student is expected to: (G) evaluate details read to determine key ideas;

(4.9) Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--genres. The student recognizes and analyzes genre-specific characteristics, structures, and purposes within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse texts. The student is expected to: (D) recognize characteristics and structures of informational text, including: (i) the central idea with supporting evidence;

•Model Teddy Bear Passage with students. Show the students how to find the main idea, the supporting details, the significant information, and the insignificant information. (Answer options are provided for the teacher on the following page if needed.)

•Show sample anchor chart to students.

•Divide students into six different groups. Each group will receive a piece of chart paper, the anchor chart components, and a passage. There are 3 passages so two groups will have the same passage.

--Materials Needed--

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Chart Paper

•The students will cut out and glue the pieces of their anchor chart (according to the teacher sample.)

•The students will read the passage and determine the...

  • main idea
  • supporting details (3)
  • significant information (2)
  • insignificant information (2)

The students will record their answers neatly on their anchor chart.

•The students will share their findings with the class once everyone is finished.

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