a paragraph from your class's
textbook on a sheet of acetate and project it with the overhead
a child read the selection aloud
the class in a discussion of the main idea.
which words from the selection can
from the passage without losing or distorting the author's message.
children decide which words are
cross them out with an erasable marker.
the students reread the passage
during this procedure to make sure that the kernel of the paragraph is
your cross-out marks and read the original paragraph again.
a child to state the main idea in his or her own words.
a follow-up, distribute
three other paragraphs from the same textbook.
the children to independently cross out the unnecessary words and then
state the main idea in as few words as possible. When they become
reasonably skilled at isolating main ideas, reverse the process by
having them build a paragraph around a thought expressed in a single