Informational Text: Central Idea/Theme/Summary

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Set your class up for success with determining a main idea using this set of activities. Pupils work collaboratively to categorize sentence strips by what they are doing (expressing the main idea, adding key details, etc.). They then work together to read and add ideas to a graphic organizer that will help them summarize the paragraph. Individuals then practice this process independently.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Try this process out with any reading passage; you can use the Topic Tower graphic organizer and have kids work together
Classroom Considerations

  • While the resource does include an answer key for the sentence strip activity, it does not provide answers for the other activities
Pros

  • Comes with the necessary materials: reading passages, graphic organizers, sentence strips, and more
  • Includes plenty of opportunities for pupils to work together
Cons

  • Note that there are a few typos in the teacher procedures
Common Core