Main Idea of the Week

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This “Main Idea of the Week” pack includes anchor posters, main idea graphic organizers that can be applied to any text, 37 practice passages that increase in difficulty, and answer keys.

Finding the main idea is a key to improving reading comprehension, yet it is not a concept that is taught once an mastered. It requires ongoing practice to successfully apply this skill to different texts. Because of this, I created a resource that gradually builds in difficulty and provides a necessary scaffolding for students as they learn to master this skill throughout the year! The Lexile levels and paragraph lengths gradually build from 630 – 980.

This resource gives students multiple opportunities to practice recognizing text organization. When students can see the organization of a written paragraph, they can more easily identify the main idea.

*The first 11 passages ask students to find and restate the topic, main idea, and a detail. The other 26 increase in difficulty, and ask them to find and restate the main idea, a detail, and a related example of that detail.
I modeled this after the “step up to writing” process / more in depth reading and writing. Finding this organization in their reading will help students apply it to their writing.

Main Idea (Non-Fiction) has been my best selling product. Many teachers have said that they would appreciate more passages. So, I created this "Main Idea of the Week" resource to meet that request.

Definition Poster
Anchor Chart
“How to Find the Main Idea” Poster
Graphic Organizers
37 Practice Passages
Answer Key

Common Core
CC.3.RI.2 - Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
CC.4.RI.2 - Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
CC.5.RI.2 - Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

Appropriate for grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, third, fourth, fifth, sixth,
**I've used this in 3rd - 5th grade, but my own second grader is advanced, and it would work well for him. I've also taught title I 6th graders, and it would work well with them too. :)

***I have other main idea resources in my store, but this resource contains all new passages! (The posters, example, and organizers are the same as those found in the Non-fiction version.)

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