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Can some one please help me and throw me some pointers on how to teach main idea to grade six and seven students?

Mar 25, 2015 3:48am

  • English Language Arts
  • 6-8

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    • Apr 28, 2015 9:16pm

      One of the best pieces of advice anyone ever gave me on teaching main idea was to start small. Start with a few sentences or paragraphs and help your students find the main idea. You can even use picture books with older kids just so they can easily understand the concept you are teaching first. Then, when you start working with main idea in longer texts, build off of what they know. Have them find the main idea of each paragraph, then categorize and prioritize those main ideas to help figure out the main idea of the entire text. If you teach it this way, you end up teaching summarizing and paraphrasing skills at the same time.