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Main Idea

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Make summarizing skills come to life with comics!

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Poster
  • Character Map
  • Comic Strip

Your students will create amazing images like these in no time!

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings summarizing skills to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings summarizing skills to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Main Idea

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Main Idea

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

The ability to identify and explain Main Idea is an important critical thinking skill essential to reading comprehension. Teachers should explicitly teach students the definitions, components, and examples of identifying and articulating Main Idea (see attached example comics).

Opening Discussion

Create a KW(H)L chart:

  • What do you already know about identifying and writing the main idea(s) of a text?
  • How do you find the main idea of a paragraph in nonfiction?
  • How do you find the main idea of a scene in fiction?
  • How do you find the main idea of a line or stanza in poetry?
  • How do you summarize the main idea of an entire text?
  • What do you include?
  • What details do you not include?
  • When you write the main idea of a text or section, how long should it be?
  • What do you want to know?
  • How could you learn more?
  • Why might this skill be important?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard
    Define

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Apply to Informational Text

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Apply to Literature

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a classroom reference Poster to illustrate when and how to identify and write a main idea.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a KW(H)L Character Map to illustrate what you know and want to know about identifying and writing a main idea.

  • Extension / Modification
    Comic Strip (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Comic Strip to illustrate the main idea(s) in a work of poetry, prose or nonfiction.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Add to your KW(H)L chart:

  • What did you learn about finding and articulating the main idea?
  • What are you still confused or unsure about?
  • What would you still like to know?
  • How could you learn more?
  • How does this relate to other reading or writing activities or questions you have completed in the past?
  • What memory devices can you use or create to remember how to use this skill?
  • Why is it important to understand and use this skill?
  • How can this skill help you be a stronger reader and writer?
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Pixton Activity: Main Idea 1 Define

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Review the definition, elements, examples and non-examples of main idea.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard that illustrates the definition and elements of the literary skill of main idea:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Main Idea 2 Apply to Informational Text

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definition, elements, examples and non-examples of main idea.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates the main idea(s) of a nonfiction informational text:

  • Identify the idea or section in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Main Idea 3 Apply to Literature

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definition, elements, examples and non-examples of main idea.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates the main idea(s) of a fictional piece of literature:

  • Identify the idea or section in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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