MicroLesson 13: Identifying the Main Idea

MicroLesson 13: Identifying the Main Idea
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Language Arts Presenter, MicroLesson 13 (see Additional Notes below)

Time required: 20-25 minutes

By the end of this MicroLesson, students will be able to...

  • define topic and define main idea
  • identify facts, detail, and examples that support the main idea.
  • identify the topic and main idea of sample paragraphs.
  • recognize that the author may present the main idea directly or indirectly.
  • recognize that when the main idea is presented directly, it usually appears at the beginning of the paragraph.
  • demonstrate mastery by correctly identify the main idea in 5 sample passages.

Identifying the Main Idea, Full Version, comes with a word search and a crossword puzzle.   Additionally, all "Free Trial" stamps have been removed.

With the presentation itself and both puzzles, an entire class period will be needed to complete all of the activities. 


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The Comprehension Bundle includes...

  • Using Context Clues
  • Identifying Cause and Effect
  • Distinguishing Fact and Opinion
  • Comparison and Contrast
  • Recognizing Supporting Details
  • Identifying the Main Idea
  • Making Inferences

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This application is one of the 30 MicroLessons available in the series, Language Arts Presenter.

Each MicroLesson features animated talking avatars who present instructional material to your language arts classes via a smart board or a digital projector.

In addition, these MicroLessons include...

  • definitions and examples.
  • direct instruction.
  • a summary of the instruction (in most MicroLessons).
  • practice quizzes ranging from 5 to 15 questions.
  • an on-screen answer key.
  • a word search and crossword puzzle to extend the mini lesson (the words found in the word search provide the word bank for the crossword puzzle).

Teachers report that during MicroLessons, they...

  • appoint students to be mouse operators while they roam the classroom, keeping a wary eye on the knuckleheads.
  • become dynamic partners with the avatars, giving additional examples of concepts, checking for comprehension, and reading questions and answer choices orally to the class.
  • record scores, grade papers, or even work on lesson plans.

All of the titles in the Language Arts Presenter series are accessible with any of the major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.  As a result, these apps are compatible with all versions of both Windows and Mac.

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