This activity from the Florida Center for Reading Research provides a graphic organizer for recording main ideas and details of a multiparagraph expository text. This graphic organizer is general enough to be used for a variety of informational texts. This could be taught in a whole-group setting, and then used independently by students reading on various levels.
- Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
- Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.
- GLE 0201.6.2
- Comprehend the main ideas and supporting details of informational texts.
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The student will identify details and main idea in text.
Extensions and Adaptations:
- Write a summary statement about the topic based on the text read on back of the student sheet.
- Use other graphic organizers (Activity Master C.014.SS2).
- Expository text
- Choose text within students’ instructional-independent reading level range.
- Select text or passage that contains at least three main ideas.
- Student sheet (Activity Master C.014.SS1)