These main idea and supporting details graphic organizers are fantastic for all students (on-standard students, ELLs, struggling learners, etc.)
I love to use the "table" metaphor with students when discussing main idea and supporting details. Imagine that the main idea is the table top, and the details are the table's legs. Without legs, a table cannot stand up strong, so we need the details to hold up/support/make our main idea strong.
There are two versions of this graphic organizer:
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Main Idea (What is this book about) and Supporting Details (How Do You Know?)
I find adding the support of "What is this book about" and "How do you know?") helps newcomer ELLs grasp the abstract idea of "Main Idea" and "Supporting Details".
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