Plan for the Concept, Topic, or Skill -- Not for the Day
How does the reader determine the main idea or essential message?
What do students need to learn to be able to answer the Essential Question?
Assessment Prompt 1: What is a main idea or essential message?
Assessment Prompt 2: What is a supporting detail?
Assessment Prompt 3: What strategies do readers use to determine the main idea of a passage?
Concept of Definition Map
main idea, essential message
AP: What is a main idea or essential message?
AP: What strategies do readers use to determine the main idea of a passage?
1st:Activate the unit using a Concept Definition Map--During whole group instruction, the provides direct instruction during the completion of the concept definition map.
2nd:Using the 5W Newspaper Organizer and a grade level nonfiction article, the teacher models and provides guided practice locating the main idea/essential message within the article.
3rd:Another variation for main idea: The teacher uses a short nonfiction article:cuts each sentence into strips. These strips are placed within a ziploc or envelope for partners to use. The teacher models using the first paragraph within the article. She will read each sentence strip out, thinking aloud to determine if the sentence in main idea/topic sentence or a supporting detail sentence. The teacher works through each sentence strip for that paragraph by thinking aloud where it belongs in order to make the paragraph meaningful. Once the first paragraph is complete, the teacher can reveal the original article's first paragraph to verify that it is correct. Next, students will be paired, and each pair will do the next paragraph. The teacher will monitor the pairs and reveal the second paragraph. The teacher can have each pair justify how they made their decisions for placement of their paragraph sequence. This should continue with guided practice until most are accurate. Then, the teacher can hold the last paragraph for individual work/arrangement. After the process, each student should explain their new knowledge about main idea/essential message in their learning log/journal.
The Important Thing or Write to Summarize
Plan for the accommodations needed in order to meet the interests,
learning styles, and abilities of all students.
Appropriate Grade Level classroom or media library books, graphic organizers, video clips
Various adopted Materials and programs (Daybook, rBook, Voyager, Read XL, etc.), graphic organizers, trade books