Susan Jurkatis
Elementary English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lower Elementary
  • Lesson Plan
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    Main Idea in Informational Text

    Main Idea in Informational Text


    This is a lesson for first grade students to identify the main idea and details of an informational text.


    This is an asynchronous lesson that teaches Main Idea and Details in Informational Text. 

    Time Frame - 15 minutes

    Author - Susan Jurkatis




    Background for Teachers

    Teachers will need to know what main idea and details of informational text are and how they identify them in a text. 

    Reading: Informational Text Standard 2
    Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

    Lesson Example 



    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to identify the main idea and and retell key details of the text.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will use a sentence stem to write about a key detail they learned from an informational text.


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction


    Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of what an informational text is.


    Step 3 - Instruction


    Main Idea Lesson Presentation - Students will go through the presentation and then read an informational text of their choosing and use the lesson's sentence stem to write a detail of what their informational text was about


    Main Idea Lesson


    Step 4 - Assessments


    Students will send a picture of their completed sentence stem to their teacher.