Teaching main idea can often be difficult to make engaging. Connect your students to their community and make them globally aware by using the theme of poverty to teach main idea and argumentative writing!
Students will be able to identify main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text. They will also be able to think critically about that text to form an argumentative paragraph.
This lesson includes:
- anticipatory activities for the theme of poverty
- technology based research and inquiry activity to build background on poverty in the U.S. and around the world
- classroom goals for talking points on the sensitivity of poverty
- strategies for identifying main idea in a nonfiction text
- samples to help model for gradual release
- strategies for argumentative paragraph writing and making claims
- 2 sample paragraphs to show both sides of an issue
- extension activity ideas for using the theme of poverty to teach community involvement and project-based learning