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Main Idea Presentation

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Main Idea
Main Ideas: Writers have always used it (Aikman & O'Hear)
Paper Bag Activity
Brain Pop Jr.
http://www.brainpopjr.com/readingandwriting/comprehension/mainidea/
Effective Approaches for Teaching Main Idea
Works Cited
According to Duffy, main idea is the "big idea" or the most
important idea found in a text (p. 138).
Graphic Organizers
What and Whys
Introduction Activities
Start with guided practice:

As a full group, take small paragraphs to do "what" and "whys"
Less Guidance:
In partners, then for homework, take away the multiple choice support
Extend it:
Combine smaller main ideas together
Complete a poster with supporting details and graphic sources
Concept Mapping
Green
- Topic
Yellow
- Main Idea
Red
- Supporting Details
What is the big idea in the story?
What details support your main idea?
12. NEW FINDS (green title)
Topic: ________________________________________ (blue title of your choice)
Main Idea: _____________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________

1. Topic: Tropical Forests
Main Idea:
 Tropical forests grow near the equator and have a lot of rain
 The trees have leaves year-round in tropical forests
 Tropical forests are located in South America, Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia

Make sure your main idea has details to hold it up!
Think: Who, what, when, where?
What am I going to do with these items?

That's my main idea!
Yellow Cake
Chocolate Frosting
Colorful Sprinkles
Concept Map
Measuring Tools
What Research Has to Say...
Writers throughout history have used main ideas
The main idea is in the first sentence of a paragraph over 50% of the time
It's a key for understanding meaning in all types of nonfiction
How do I know when I need to teach it?
Main Ideas:
Content Counts!
How to do it...

List of words
Students cut out words
Organize the words
Identify Topic, Main Idea, and the supporting details
The Forest and
The Trees
Aikman, Carol C. & O’Hear, Michael F. (1997). Main idea: Writers have always used it. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 41(3), 190-194. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.proxy.olivet.edu/education/docview/216924699/9B9C441841204877PQ/4?accountid=12974

Altieri, J. L. (2011). Meeting The Reading Comprehension Demands Of Each Content Area. Content Counts! Developing Disciplinary Literacy Skills. doi: www.reading.org

Duffy, G. (2009). Explaining Reading: A Resource for Teaching Concepts, Skills, and Strategies. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

Duffy, G. (2009). Explaining Reading: A Resource for Teaching Concepts, Skills, and Strategies. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.


According to Altieri, "The goal in developing these reading skills is to enable our students to understand that print has meaning and to ensure that they have wealth of strategies in their tool box" (p.67).

Different content areas require different reading skills and strategies.

"Reading is a multimeaning word" (p.104).
Anchor Charts
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