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Reading Skills: Main Idea for Middle School Students Discuss this eTheme.

These sites focus on the reading comprehension skills of identifying the main idea and supporting details of a text and are geared for middle school-aged students. There are lesson plans, online quizzes, and printable worksheets for practicing reading comprehension skills. Includes a link to eThemes Resource: Reading Skills: Main Idea and Supporting Details.

Grades

  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8,
  • 9

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Choose from a list of 13 main idea activities geared toward the 7th grade level. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This interactive quiz allows students to practice identifying the main idea in a passage.
This article features four activities you can use with your students to practice identifying the main idea of a story or paragraph. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Choose from among a number of graphic organizers specifically tailored to exploring the main idea and supporting details of a piece of writing; includes organizers for: paragraph structure, persuasive arguments, star diagrams, circle diagrams, square diagrams, flower petal diagrams, oval diagrams, and fishbone diagrams. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This article walks students through the five main ways to determine the main idea for a passage. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This article shares useful tips for practicing locating the main idea by using articles from your local newspaper. NOTE: This site includes ads.
These task cards assist middle school students with basic reading tasks, such as main idea; patterns of organization; character & plot development; point of view; setting, conflict resolution, tone, validity & accuracy of information; cause/effect; vocabulary/context clues; compare/contrast; organization, interpretation & synthesis of information; and author's purpose/point of view.
This 20-page PDF includes activities for the following reading strategies: use of graphic organizers, identifying the main idea, context clues, visualization, high interest reading survey, timed reading races, summarizing/synthesizing and more.
This article explores explores five strategies guaranteed to improve reading comprehension.
This lesson has students complete fishbone maps that highlight the main ideas and relevant details from a text.
This strategy teaches students an outlining technique to help them differentiate between main ideas and details in their reading and writing.
Review the idea of identifying the main idea with your students using this informative video. NOTE: This site requires a subscription for full access.
These sites focus on the reading comprehension skills of finding main ideas and supporting details. There are lesson plans, online quizzes, and printable worksheets for practicing reading comprehension skills. There are links to eThemes Resources on Teaching Tips: Reading Comprehension Strategies, Reading Skills: Context Clues, Reading Skills: Sight Words, Reading Skills: Inference for Elementary School Students, and Reading Strategies for Elementary Students.

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