Predicting the Main Idea

Predicting the Main Idea will lead students through a process that will help them make a prediction about a text based on the title, visuals, and first and last paragraphs. Predictions help students think about what they already know about the topic, which can increase their comprehension.

Where is this in the Reading Process: Step 2

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

Origin: Metacognitive strategies, cognitive psychology, and schema theory (Piaget)

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Predicting the Main Idea Step-By-Step Process

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Planning Journal

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Student Activity
Interactive Lesson

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Reading Rubrics

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Teacher Reflection

Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
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