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EL Support Lesson
Putting it Together to Find the Main Idea
Students will be able to identify and write the main ideas and details of a text.
Students will be able to identify the main idea and supporting details of a fiction text with grade level words using written supports.
- Display the cover of a well known book to your class. Ask the students what they think the book is about.
- Say, "This book is about ____. Since it is mainly about ____, this is the Main idea."
- Explain that today they will learn more about how to decide what a book is about using some fun activities.
Building academic language
- Introduce the remaining tiered vocabulary words to the students by displaying the vocabulary cards and sharing the definitions. Have the students practise using the words in a sentence by turning and talking to a peer.
- Project the Find the Main Idea worksheet (covering the answers) and read aloud the first short story ("Susie and the Frisbee") aloud to the class.
- Model identifying the main idea.
- Read aloud the second story, this time having students turn and talk to a partner to identify the main idea.
- As a class, find the supporting details. Underline the supporting details so that students can visualize where they are in the story.
- Explain that now you will be reading another short story. This time students will practise identifying the main idea on their own.
- Pass out the Find the Main Idea: Apples worksheet and read the text aloud.
- Have students complete the worksheet on their own.
- Gather the class back together.
- Invite students to turn and talk to share the supporting details they found with a partner.
- Have student pairs share out the supporting details they identified with the whole group.
Additional EL adaptations
- Work with a small group of students to identify the main idea and supporting details in the remaining stories of the Find the Main Idea worksheet.
- Have students work together using the Main Idea Topic Cards to identify the main idea using visual support.
- Have students who finish early complete the What's the Main Idea? worksheet.
- Have students practise finding the supporting details using the Main Idea: Farmers worksheet.
Formative Assessment of Academic Language(5 minutes)
- Informally assess understanding by checking in with students while they work to see if they are able to identify the main idea.
- At the end of the lesson, collect student worksheets and assess whether students were able to accurately identify the main idea and supporting details.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Gather the class back together and invite students to share out one supporting detail they found in the story. Record ideas on the board for the class to see.
- Have students reflect on the lesson by asking them to share one thing they learned with a partner.