Main idea and summary for fiction will help struggling students and students needing practice for upcoming state tests. Increase your students comprehension of fiction by training them to write their own main ideas for each paragraph or section for a short fiction passage. A sentence frame is included to help students start their main idea sentence with a noun. Starting with a noun helps them get started when writing their main idea sentence. Students check their main idea against a provided QR code as they write their main ideas.This immediate feedback helps students build their skill and confidence.
The second part of the lesson teaches students to make a plot chart. Combining the information from the plot chart and their main ideas help students write a 3-4 sentence summary.
This lesson is very flexible- Can be used whole class, small group, or modified to use as a station.
Original passage "A Day without Technology"
Sentence frame for writing a main idea
QR codes to check main ideas
Plot chart example used as a teacher key for "A Day without Technology"
Blank plot chart