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Summarize succinctly the main idea and supporting details (presented as text and/or visuals) in informational texts. 0601.6.5


Links verified on 6/16/2014

  1. Sixth Grade Reading - Read the introduction and the passage that follows. Then read each question and mark the circle next to the correct answer. [this test released by Texas] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. Finding the Main Idea - tips on the most likely place to find the main idea This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Inflation in Russia - read and answer questions [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  4. Locating the Main Ideas of Paragraphs with Main-Idea Maps - This simple strategy teaches students to generate a graphic organizer containing the main ideas of an expository passage
  5. Looking for the Fine Print - students read advertisements to practice reading critically This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  6. Main Idea - The main idea of a passage or reading is the central thought or message.
  7. Main Idea - Building Blocks of Comprehension
  8. Main Idea - The main idea of a paragraph is what all the sentences are about. Read the paragraph and ask, "What's your point?" This link includes something for the teacher to print
  9. Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure - Challenge your students by letting them practice using a reading comprehension test designed for prospective teachers. (This site recommends that you use a printed copy of the page - a link is provided to see answers) This link includes something for the teacher to print
  10. News Stories with Comprehension Quizzes - A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsNews Quiz Archive - over 50 news stories from the BBC - Choose carefully, not all of these would be appropriate for students.
  11. Photo Analysis Guide - how to analyze photo elements
  12. Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing - defines each and then tells why and how to use each
  13. Read a Contract - and answer questions [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  14. Reading Comprehension - free reading comprehension worksheets for teachers and parents - includes original stories, poems, essays, and articles
  15. Reading Comprehension stories - Interactive quizzes online for 5 stories - Each text is followed by a grammar exercise and summary writing exercise. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  16. Reading Exercises - Comprehension, Fill in and Sequencing This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  17. Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping -complete fishbone maps that highlight the main ideas and relevant details from a cause-effect text; lesson plan [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.] A lesson plan can be found at this site
  18. Summarizing - interactive lesson and exercise
  19. Summarize as You Read - When you summarize, eliminate unnecessary details. Focus on the main idea of the whole passage.
  20. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 1 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
  21. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
  22. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 3 - a bit harder than 1 and 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." Then add another example that could be included in that group. Be as specific as you can. - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print

A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons site for teachers | A PowerPoint show related to this standard PowerPoint show | An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format Acrobat document | A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded Word document | This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard whiteboard resource | This resource includes voice instructions for students sound | A video is available through this link video format | This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data interactive lesson | This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding a quiz | A lesson plan can be found at this site lesson plan | This link includes something for the teacher to print to print

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