Module 24: Main Ideas - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this unit, students will identify the main ideas in informational texts and the details that support those main ideas. They will learn how to summarize and paraphrase informational text. Students will review the difference between synonyms and antonyms, and they will learn how to use these types of words as context clues.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 8: Practice 3 None
2 The Big Idea independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 Supporting Details independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 Summarizing Information independent reading book
pen or pencil
5 Synonyms and Antonyms independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 8: Practice 3
2 The Big Idea
  1. Identify the main idea in a passage of informational text.
3 Supporting Details
  1. Explain how a main idea is supported by details in a text.
4 Summarizing Information
  1. Distinguish between summarizing and paraphrasing.
  2. Write summaries that include main ideas and supporting ideas.
  3. Paraphrase a section of informational text.
5 Synonyms and Antonyms
  1. Explain the meaning of words by relating them to their opposites or to words with similar meanings.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words
main idea
supporting details
context clues

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
2 The Big Idea 4 Main Ideas Assignment
3 Supporting Details 4 Supporting Details Assignment
4 Summarizing Information 3 Summary and Paraphrase Assignment, Part 1
4 Summarizing Information 5 Summary and Paraphrase Assignment, Part 2

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 8: Practice 3 To prepare for the Spelling 8: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 The Big Idea
3 Supporting Details
4 Summarizing Information
5 Synonyms and Antonyms

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
The Big Idea
  1. What is the main idea of a text?
Supporting Details
  1. What are supporting details?
Summarizing Information
  1. What does it mean to summarize information?
Synonyms and Antonyms
  1. What is a synonym?
  2. What is an antonym?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
The Big Idea The Jeff Corwin Experience
  1. What is the main idea of this video?
The Big Idea The Human Desire to Fly
  1. What is the main idea in this video?
Supporting Details The Human Desire to Fly
  1. What details support the main idea?
Summarizing Information Summing Up Neanderthals
  1. What is a summary?
  2. What does paraphrase mean?
  3. What should a summary contain?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 If You Were an Antonym Nancy Loewen 490L
2 If You Were a Synonym Michael Dahl 670L
3 Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What Is a Synonym? Brian P. Cleary 510L
4 Stop and Go, Yes and No: What Is an Antonym? Brian P. Clearly AD670L

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing