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Lesson 1 Using Headings to Determine the Main Idea (Nonfiction) Identify and describe the main idea of a nonfiction text using section headings and textual details.
Lesson 2 Using Chapter Titles to Determine the Main Idea (Fiction) Identify and describe the main idea of a chapter in a fiction text using chapter titles and textual details.
Lesson 3 Creating a Chapter Title Identify and describe the main idea of a chapter in a fiction text using textual evidence.Use the main idea to create a chapter title for a chapter in a fiction text.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Have students create a new title for a chapter based on the main idea.
  • Provide students with sentences from familiar books that reflect the main idea and have them match the sentences to the titles of the books.
  • Copy passages or sections from a book and have students identify the main idea and create a title or heading for the passage or section.
  • Have students create titles for a story that they write or tell that reflect the main idea of the story.
  • In nonfiction writing, have students create headings for sections that reflect the main idea of that section.
  • Provide students with a main idea and have the students create a story and title based on that main idea.
  • Tell students a story and have students determine its main idea and a title for the story.
  • Have students discuss the main idea of their stories and help them revise by adding details that support the main idea and deleting details that do not.
  • Watch a DVD movie that has chapter titles. Discuss how the chapter titles tell the main idea of a part of the movie.
  • Have students read Concepts of Comprehension Reading Passages with headings. Students should use the headings to determine the main idea of each paragraph. They can use a highlighter to highlight the sentence or sentences that are evidence of the main idea of each paragraph.
  • When reading a science or social studies textbook, have students use the headings to determine the main idea of each paragraph and section. You can also ask students to cover up the title of the chapter and use evidence from the text to determine the main idea and title.

More Books for Teaching Main Idea

Mr. Putter and Tabby Write the Book
Manatees
Life Cycle of an Apple
Caimans
In My Momma's Kitchen
Leopards (In the Wild)

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