If your students are anything like mine, teaching them that a main idea is “what the passage is mostly about” just doesn’t cut it. This method of explanation yields weak student responses that typically only feature the passage’s topic, not the true main idea.
After years of experimentation, I’ve stumbled on a method of teaching main idea that seems to do the trick.
If taught carefully, deliberately, and repeatedly, students learning to find main idea can use the formula outlined in these materials to produce successful, test-appropriate responses.
This product includes:
-Guided notes to teach definitions and step-by-step directions
-Practice activity on back of guided notes to reinforce skills
-Two-sided practice page with definition and answer formula review, plus three brief practice texts with questions. Great for skill review, formative assessment, or homework.
-Answer keys for all four sides, which are great to display when reviewing definitions/answers in a whole-class setting
Ink-saver (border free) version included!