main idea lesson

I have always LOVED teaching main idea, and I’m not really sure why because I find that it is one of the MOST DIFFICULT reading comprehension skills to teach.

Over the years I have played around with various strategies… attempting to find that perfect main idea teaching formula.

To help my students connect better with main idea, I explain to them that finding the main idea is like walking up stairs.  

You have to take it one step at a time.

main idea lesson

Main idea freebie.
Here are my very simple steps for how to find the main idea of a text:
Before you read:
  • Read the title.
  • What is the text about?
  • What is the topic?
During the reading:
  • Look for and carefully read the text features.
  • Is the text fiction… nonfiction… ????
  • Look for information, words, and pictures that are repeated throughout the text.
After you read:
  • Think about the most important point of the topic.
  • What details or examples back up and support the main idea?
If you try this with your kiddos, I would LOVE to hear about it!

Best wishes!


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