This is a unique way to help students determine the big idea when reading fiction or nonfiction. Pausing to jot down an idea will show students how they conceptualize. Adding new ideas after several paragraphs or chapters have been read, helps students to refine their thinking and to better understand the text. As ideas are added to the template, students will see how the final BIG IDEA may be different from their initial thought. The BIG IDEA should be written in ten or fewer words. Each time they read they may ask, “What is this about or what is the point the author is trying to make?” or “What’s the Big Idea?” The beauty of the product is to visually show and appreciate the process readers go through before they synthesize and reach a conclusion. Encourage students to leave their original ideas; there is no need to erase ideas from step to step. Read, think, and jot down.
This will work for all subject areas.
Product comes with a detailed note to the teacher and contains two basic templates with varying designs: the Big Idea & the Big Word