Main Idea in Nonfiction Texts • A Scaffolded ELA Unit

Grade Levels
1st - 3rd
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Determining the main idea of nonfiction texts is a tough skill for primary students! This scaffolded unit will take your students step by step through the processes of identifying the interesting details versus the important information, identifying key details {who, what, where, when, why, how}, determining main idea in pictures and in text, and determining the details that support the main idea.


---teaching posters for interesting details, important information, wh-questions, main idea, and supporting details

---5 circle maps and coordinating writing paper for each map

---8 nonfiction, single paragraph passages to practice determining Main Idea and Supporting Details

---4 nonfiction, multi-paragraph passages to provide more of a challenge for higher students

---8 graphic organizers to use with any text

This is a zipped file including a color version and a black & white version. I like to project the color version on my SMARTBoard and use the black and white version for making photocopies

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160 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.


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