Main Ideas and Details in Nonfiction Text

Emily Kissner
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This file contains everything that you need to start teaching students how to find topics and main ideas. Two PowerPoints, multiple practice pages, and a detailed teaching guide will help you to guide students to a strong understanding of main ideas, topics, and details.

The Teaching Guide includes 9 days of suggested teaching plans, showing the sequence of activities and how to troubleshoot student misunderstandings. Three assessments are included to help you measure student progress.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.


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