Last week I shared how my students and I were navigating the waters of ‘main idea.’ It has been a trial and error journey for sure. After changing/modifying/adapting things a bit, I am glad to see great progress on behalf of my students. We will continue focusing on main idea for an extra week or so before we move onto summarizing, but I feel confident that after a rocky start, we are finally getting where I wanted – making sure my students not only understand, but also determine the most important thing about what they read.
I backtracked and re-started the unit by using the informational books they were independently reading. We talked about the importance of using ALL we knew before tackling a new text. We looked at text features, talked about text structure and then moved onto making predictions about what we were going to read.
|The left side was filled before reading the text and the right side was completed AFTER reading the text|
Once predictions were made, students were given the time to go off to read independently and finish filling out the graphic organizer – adding what they learned.