Before teaching students how to write thesis statements (controlling idea statements, claims, focus statements, etc) it is prudent that you teach your students subjects and predicates, nouns and verbs and identifying the main idea. In order to write an informative or opinion essay, students must identify the main idea of the tasks.
In this 5 page packet I have included the following handouts to help achieve identifying main idea:
- What is Main Idea: reference sheet that defines what main idea is and what main idea isn't
- Main Idea = Topic + Point: students are asked to break apart the main idea into the topic and the point
- Main Idea Sort: Students are expected to cut out the 12 strips. The strips will then be categorized into three groups. Each group will contain a main idea and three supporting details. Suggested use is small group, and categorize the strips to be glued down using a tree map for a graphic organizer on a larger sheet of paper.
-Main Idea + Supporting Details: students are asked to define main idea, and supporting details. Using a graphic organizer they will then deconstruct a paragraph on the topic (Minecraft). I have included an answer key on this specific assignment which is an additional two pages not counted in the number of pages. Therefore, there are actually 7 pages in this product.
Once your students have begun mastering the main idea concept, then it is time for them to find supporting details. Please take a look at my store for this additional resources to help your students succeed on FSA Reading & Writing.
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FSA Writing Practice: Grouping Related Information Logically
Informative/Explanatory Writing in Response to Literature: Reading, Marking the Text, and Creating a Controlling Idea Statement
LAFS.5.W.1.2a: Introduce a topic clearly and provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension
LAFS.5.RI.1.2: Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.