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Key Ideas & Details Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students how to identify the main idea and supporting details of a passage with this lesson plan. Students practice identifying main idea and details along with the video lesson, then apply concepts to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the terms 'main/key idea' and 'supporting detail'
  • identify main idea and supporting details in text independently and with guidance

Length:

  • 1 hour

Materials

  • Copies of classic fairy tales or fables such as The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears or short reading passages suited to your students' independent reading levels

Key Vocabulary

  • Main idea
  • Theme
  • Plot
  • Supporting details

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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