I mean really what’s the big deal?! TomAto…TomOto…it all goes down the same way! Right? I often see primary grades teachers helping students identify the main idea and I see intermediate teachers pulling out their hair because of the obvious misconceptions that they see daily. There is a difference between TOPIC and IDEA. Don’t let these companies fool you. I can’t begin to tell you the amount of pre-made activities, games, and lessons for primary grades that ask students to work on the main idea. Please, please, please understand that the Main Topic progresses to Main Idea and eventually progresses to students creating GREAT summaries. If one is not mastered, then you are looking at swiss cheese in their learning. Main topic simply asks the question, ”What is the topic of the text?” and Main idea asks the question, “What is the text mostly about?” Once students fully grasp this concept, then they will see the direct connection between key details and main topic and main idea. In the end, students should be able to explain how the key details support the main topic or main idea of a piece of INFORMATIONAL TEXT only.
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