Students work to identify the key details in a text. Then discuss with students what connections each detail has. Then students synthesize the details to infer a main idea.
Worksheet 1: scaffolded with sentence starters for ESL and other students needing sentence frames.
Worksheet 2: Students simply answer the question of what the main idea is with no scaffolds.
Could also be used to help students go from scaffolded graphic organizer to one without the scaffolds.