Suggested use for Topic, Main Idea and Supporting Sentences Graphic Organizer:
• Use within reading groups. Assign each group to read a short passage.
• After reading, each student completes the Topic, Main Idea and Supporting Ideas sections of the graphic organizer. The supporting ideas should be written as bullet points, not as complete sentences.
• The students use the recorded information to construct their summaries, without referencing the passage.
• Finally, students provide feedback to each other on their summaries.
• Depending on the level of the students, the peer responses can be recorded by the teacher or the students on the back of the original.
We have found that the benefit of this approach was by providing students multiple opportunities to read, write and respond, they grew in their abilities to select the topic, state the main idea and supporting ideas to then create a written summary.
Through discourse young writers and editors learn how to give both positive and negative feedback in tactful ways. This was also an element of the instruction.
There are two graphic organizers per page.
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