Determine the Central Idea of a Text

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So, what's the main idea here? Pose this question to your young readers using some key points of instruction from this resource. While much of the video is focused on one interpretation of the given anchor text, you can emphasize the point of how to recognize a recurring idea or theme in a reading. Also, in order to more closely meet the Common Core standard, discuss the meaning of objective and how to separate personal opinion and judgments when constructing an interpretation of a text.

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CCSS: Designed
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Pros

  • Emphasizes how to construct a detailed description of a text's central idea
Cons

  • As the instruction is really dependent on the anchor text and one interpretation of the central idea, you should include further instruction, more readings, and practice on the general process of how to determine the central idea
Common Core