Eva Mireles3rd grade teacher, 4th grade teacher, 5th grade teacher, The Reading Teacher's Playbook Podcast, Upper Elementary, Upper Elementary Teacher


In this episode:

After listening to this episode you will leave with the what, the why and the how of teaching students how to determine the main idea. I even include a couple of bonus tips, that includes how to put it all together with identifying key details and turning all of this into a summary.

I talk about:

  1. What Main Idea is. 
  2. Why teaching students how to identify the main idea is an important skill.
  3. How to teach students how to identify the main idea and use that information along with key details to craft a summary of the text. 


 – Determining the main idea means that you are able to get to the gist of what the author is trying to communicate.

– Teaching students how to determine the main idea helps them to synthesize information and keep what is most important about what they are reading top of mind. 

-When teaching students how to determine the main idea it’s important to try out the strategy that you want to teach students on for yourself first. 

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