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Reading to Find the Main Idea and Details

Informational texts isn't just found in textbooks. In this reading lesson, kids will examine the writing of a intermediate student and use it to learn more about main ideas and supporting details.
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Students will be able to identify the main idea and supporting details of a short informational text.

(5 minutes)
The Football TeamBubble Story Organizer
  • Lead a brief discussion with students on why it is important to read and comprehend informational text.
  • Tell students that it is not only important to read informational text from textbooks, but also from their peers.
  • Explain to the students they will be reading and analyzing an essay about football written by a intermediate student.
(10 minutes)
  • Show students a teacher model of the Bubble Story Organizer with the Main ideaAnd Supporting detailsOf a text, previously shared whole-class.
  • Point out how the noted DetailsSupport the Main ideaAnd clarify any questions students may have.
  • Arrange students into pairs and explain that they will be partner reading the essay. Suggest that a good way to partner read is to take turns reading paragraphs.
  • Hand out The Football Game worksheet to each student.
  • Hand out a highlighter to each student.
  • Tell students that they will be reading to find the Main ideaAnd Supporting details.
(15 minutes)
  • Tell students that when they are done reading, they need to raise their hands, then go on to complete numbers 1 and 2.
  • While the students are partner reading and completing numbers 1 and 2, walk around the room to make sure students are staying on task. Help when needed.
  • As students start to raise their hands, scan their work to make sure they underlined the main idea and highlighted at least five supporting details.
  • If students are ready to go on to number 3, have them return to their own seats and give them each a copy of the Bubble Story Organizer.
(10 minutes)
  • Have students complete the Bubble Story Organizer (number 3) independently.
  • Enrichment:Challenge above level students to research an interesting subject and work on an essay outline for it between activities.
  • SupportPair a student who needs support with a student who understands the lesson content.
(5 minutes)
  • Use the Bubble Story Organizer as an informal assessment tool.
(10 minutes)
  • Have the students share facts from the essay that they did not know before, or that they found interesting.
  • Have the students share topics they might choose to write essays about.

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