Reading for Meaning: Main Message Interactive Activities
Selecting specific information, especially the Main Message is a concept that is often challenging for students to grasp. In order to identify the Main Message, students often resort to pointing out the topic sentence of a reading passage. However, this is not always a true indicator of a text's Main Message. This 61 page Main Message packet helps students to scaffold in order to identify the difference between the Main Message and Textual Clues.
Students practice Main Message in a variety of ways:
1.Students learn how Textual Clues contribute to an overall, or Main Message by organizing words into groups and determining what the Main Message is.
2.Students are given a Main Message topic and cut and paste the Main Message into the appropriate section of the graphic organizer. Students gain experience identifying, organizing, and coming up with Textual Clues.
3.Students are given words that belong to two separate Main Message. The Textual Clues (Word Clues) are organized under a chart with two separate Main Message headings.
4.Students practice Main Message through text. Students are given a paragraph (also great for strengthening reading skills while practicing Main Message) and have to determine the Main Message of the text. Several choices are provided through multiple choice options and students select the answer they think best describes the Main Message.
*Depending on how comfortable your students are with Main Message, students can work in partners to determine the Main Message or individually for any of the activities in this packet.
Students learn to sort information into a variety of graphic organizers and look for key information.
Students also have the opportunity to present their claims and findings after they order their ideas logically. With the use of pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate Main Messages or themes, students can take turns presenting while learning to use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Answer Keys Included.