Summarizing Main Ideas

Summary writing is a fundamental skill that many of our students have yet to master. Summarizing Main Ideas is a practical strategy teachers use to help students isolate and summarize main ideas in a text.

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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.

R2
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

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