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Begin exploring main idea in a text by telling the class an interesting story. Can they recall the main idea after you finish? What clues told them this was it? Explain that you will apply this concept as you read a nonfiction book. Learners predict what the book will be about, and then listen to you read it aloud. Pause at pertinent places to ask comprehension questions, and consider having scholars raise their hands when they think you've gotten to a main idea (You don't need to call on them, just use this as a way to keep them engaged.). Once you've finished, brainstorm a list of ideas in the book. Which ones are main ideas? Reduce to just a few.