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Am struggling to teach the 'main idea' to my students. Our schools big on learning intention and success criteria- and I am feeling a bit confused. For my L.I. I have identify the main idea in a paragraph? and my success criteria, I had read the paragraph, pull out key words, recall main idea using the key words. Any other suggesstions will be useful

Aug 16, 2014 5:24pm

  • English Language Arts


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    • Aug 27, 2014 4:52pm

      Another cool way to focus on main idea is to leave the title off a piece and have students write a title which would match every sentence in the paragraph. I used the technique with third graders last year and it worked awesome. I would put them in collaborative groups with diverse partners and they would have to agree on a title for the paragraph. I would ask them to discuss and really challenge each other if they felt the title wouldn't fit a certain part of the paragraphs. This got them to use textual evidence to support what they were doing and also had them speaking and listening to one another. At first, I wrote the paragraphs myself and then I started taking excepts from textbooks, magazines, etc...

      Hope this helps,
      Katie Novak

      • Mar 4, 2015 6:18pm

        Have you tried cooperative learning stations? There are dozens of station ideas for middle school ELA on!

        • Jan 26, 2016 7:27pm

          Love the idea from Katie Novak, hassle-free, engaging and fun for the students; and not so much teacher talk...