Finding the Main Idea


ELAR-Grade-8 Non-fiction Texts Finding the Main Idea
Students explore what main ideas and supporting details are and how to find them. They read several passages and identify and evaluate details to identify key ideas. Then, they distinguish between explicit and implicit meaning and make inferences about implicit meanings of text. Finally, they research an additional fact to add to one of the supporting details for the article read in the experience.

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Overview

In this experience, students explore what main ideas and supporting details are and how to find them. They read several passages and identify and evaluate details to identify key ideas. Then, they distinguish between explicit and implicit meaning and make inferences about implicit meanings of text. Finally, they research an additional fact to add to one of the supporting details for the article read in the experience.

Objectives

  • Identify the main idea of a text.
  • Identify the supporting details that contribute to the main idea.
  • Identify and analyze explicit and implicit meanings of text.

Duration

One class period. You may choose to have the students read the article outside of class.

Vocabulary Words in the Article

  • conflagration: raging fire
  • imperial: relating to an empire
  • ghetto: slum, very poor neighborhood
  • debris: scattered waste materials
  • contrivance: skillful creations
  • safeguard: measure taken for protection
  • flank (v.): locate on either side
  • ignite: catch on fire


Even in an exciting account of an event there is always a central idea. In this experience, you will read several exciting accounts about fires in American history, using details to help you determine the main idea of each.

Objectives

  • Identify the main idea of a text.
  • Identify the supporting details that contribute to the main idea.
  • Identify and analyze explicit and implicit meanings of text.


British troops burning Washington, D.C. during the war of 1812

British troops burning Washington, D.C.


Look at the image above.


Based on the image, record three questions you have about the British burning of Washington.



Discuss student questions. If some students know something about the event, let them share what they know. Use student questions to develop several guiding questions about the incident, which students will read about in the following scene.


When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next scene.

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