Just print and start teaching! This is a NO PREP resource! Students will learn to determine the main idea of a variety of high interest texts. Test their reading comprehension of a variety of non-fiction texts with a series of reading responses. Your students will be engaged and ready to rock their standardized test!
* A great unit to prep for standardized testing!*
Smartboard File (65 + pages)
Main Idea Unit PDF handouts (50+ pages).
All unit instructions and Assessments included!
This is a reading for meaning unit, with a focus on main idea. By the end of the unit students will be able to read a passage, determine the main idea, identify supporting details, and write a level 4 reading response.
The unit contains a collection of meaningful texts that are high interest to junior students. Topics include: healthy eating, acne myths and facts, teen smoking, the importance of sleep, new technologies such as 3D printers and the I watch, media pressure, internet safety, bullies and gossip and more! They range in complexity as the unit progresses beginning with short paragraphs and ending with 1-2 page articles.
The unit contains a diagnostic, several formative assessments and a final summative assessment. A teacher rubric and checklist is included for easy marking and reporting.
The lessons are as follows:
What is main idea? Introduction
Learning About Main Idea Video
Shared Reading, paragraph, Cockroaches
Shared Reading, paragraph, Dogs
Shared Writing, Anchor Chart, How to Find Main Idea
Small Group Shared Reading stations (10)
Fill in the Blanks Review
Independent Reading Main Idea task
Finding & Thinking about Main Idea
Teacher Think-a-loud, article, The Positives of Fear
Shared Reading, Danger in Dessert
Partner Reading, How Fit are Teens?
Small group practice, finding main idea (choice of 3 texts)
(Ending Teen Smoking, A Healthier Happy Meal, Sleep
Independent Reading Task, response journal
Thinking About Supporting Details, partners
Whole Group Shared Reading x3 Finding Main Idea given supporting details
How to Use A Main Idea Map, teacher modelled writing, Frogs paragraph..
Main Idea Map, partner practice, Sick Day paragraph.
Independent practice, main idea map, New Years Celebrations
Exit Ticket, Turn off Your TV, reading response foldable.
Shared Reading, Thinking About Main Idea, “A Smaller, Smarter Phone?”
Shared Writing, Anchor Chart, Strategies to determine main idea.
Mining for Main Idea, T-chart, Important vs. unimportant details.
Teacher think aloud, highlighting important details, crossing out unimportant details, text “African Lions IN Trouble”
Teacher/Student modelled writing, using text “African Lions in Trouble”
Graphic organizer for the 3 part response, sentence starters.
Shared Reading, partner, text “The Pressure to be Pretty”.
Shared Reading/Writing, Partner Sticky note task.
Shared Writing, partner 3 part response to text, “The pressure to Be Pretty”.
Success Criteria anchor chart.
Success Criteria Checklist.
Shared Reading, Bump It UP, “Are Video Games Bad for Me?”
Independent Practice, response. Choice of article: “Acne Myths”, or “Safe Cyberspace Bullying”.
Lesson 9 (after conferencing is complete)
Student Moderation, levelling of writing samples.
Choice of text: “Should I Fight A Bully?” or “The Scoop On Gossip”.