Teaching students to identify the main idea of a text becomes an enjoyable experience when you teach them to identify different types of details. Details support main ideas but never are the main ideas themselves. When students can identify the types of details they encounter, they will be able to more easily identify the main idea, especially when the main idea is implied and not directly stated. Answering the question, “What do the details add up to to create the main idea?” will be more easily answered when your students correctly identify the supporting details of a text.
Three different posters or handouts, depending upon how you’d like to use them.
A handout with examples of supporting details that you can share with your students or use an an answer key.
Treasure Hunt Activity handout: Students find real examples and write them or attach them.
If you find these resources helpful, please give them a positive rating. If you'd like to be the first to hear about more Secondary ELA resources that will save you time, make your teaching more efficient, and make and your job more enjoyable, click the green star to follow me!
You may also like:
Personalized Word Book For Students
Six Snazzy Sentence Starters
The Story of an Hour Constructed Response
Key Words: Reading Strategies Main Idea Supporting Details FRESCA
Maryann Saylor Secondary Strategies