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edTPA Lesson Plan Template

Subject: 5th Grade, Key Ideas and Details

Central Focus:

Students will identify the main idea and supporting

details of a passage or text to derive comprehension.

Essential Standard/Common Core Objective:

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and
explain how they are supported by key details;
summarize the text.

Date submitted:

Date taught: 03/21/2016

Daily Lesson Objective:

Students will be able to identify and summarize the main idea and supporting details contained within a text.
Students will meet the objective by independently answering 6 out of 7 questions correctly on the Main Idea
with Comics worksheet based on the graphic novel, An Elephants Life.
21st Century Skills:

Work IndependentlyStudents will read a section from the graphic novel;

An Elephants Life and complete the Main Idea with
Comics worksheet questions independently.
CollaborationStudents will work in partnerships to complete the
task of interpreting, identifying, and summarizing
one anothers paragraphs for the main idea and key
supporting details. Students must conduct
themselves in a respectable and professional
manner. Furthermore, each individual is responsible
for contributing to the

Academic Language Demand (Language Function

and Vocabulary):

Language Function:
ReviewStudents will review the meaning and distinction
between a main idea and its supporting details.
Additionally, students will review strategies for locating
the main idea and supporting details of a text.
IdentifyStudents will recognize the main idea and supporting
details of various texts.
SummarizeStudents will recount the main ideas and key supporting
details of several texts and short passages in their own
Students will review and identify main idea and key
supporting details based on the evidence provided by
the author.

Prior Knowledge:

Students should be able to define the meaning of main idea and supporting details in relation to reading
informational texts and passages. Moreover, students should be able to recall the various reading strategies
utilized by good readers.



The teacher will begin the lesson by asking students to recall some of
the strategies they use while reading a particular text.
To start off todays class, who can quietly raise their hand and tell the
class some of the reading strategies you should be using while reading
a certain text?
Reading Strategies:
1. Chunking-breaking down a long text into more manageable
2. Labeling text features-titles, subheadings, etc.
3. Info Boxes-discerns the main idea and supporting details of an
entire text or paragraph
4. Context Clues-What definitions, restatements, or punctuation
there is in the text.
1. Focus and Review

After letting students answer, the teacher will have students read a
paragraph that does not have a clear main idea or supporting details.
Non-Sense Paragraph:
By 2055, the population of the earth is expected to reach a
whopping 10 billion. One of the most popular sports in
America is football. In China, they celebrate New Years in the
month of February. Yesterday, I went to the park to walk my
dog because the weather was warm. Research shows that many
animals will soon be extinct because of their habitats being

2. Statement of Objective
for Student
3. Teacher Input

The teacher will read the paragraph aloud to students and ask them if
what I have read aloud makes sense. Afterwards, the teacher will ask
students to explain why exactly the paragraph is disconnected. The
purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate to students what a paragraph
with no main idea sounds like and how confusing it is to figure out
what the author is trying to communicate.
Today we are going to continue our work with identifying and
summarizing main ideas as well as locating details that make the main
idea stronger. You will be practicing this further by reading a section
of a graphic novel near the end.
Define Concept:
We are going to start out lesson by watching a video. I want you to
pay close attention to what is being said and how it ties into the other
concepts you have been learning about.
Identifying Main Idea and Supporting Details Video

Question to ask proceeding the video:

What was the main idea of this video?
Who was the detective in the video mainly talking about?
What were some things you noticed that the detective was
taking notes of?
Why do you think will happen next in the coming episode?
(A PowerPoint will be up during this section)
Today you are going to learn the steps in becoming an amazing
reading detective. Before we continue, we are going to make a special
document. This document will help us keep all of our information that
we learn today in one safe location (foldable templet located at the
end of this lesson). So the first step in becoming a reading detective is
to find the main idea of what you are reading. Some important things
to think about are:
Who or what is the article mostly talking about?
What was the authors purpose, what does he or she want
to communicate to me as the reader?
Say for example you were reading a passage about fascinating facts
about giraffes. Do you think the main idea would be how long their
reach is because of their elongated necks? No, instead this would be
classified as a supporting detail. As reading detectives you have to
solve which part is the main idea and which parts supports it as a
detail. Again, main idea is what a text is mostly about.
Some of the things you need to look for and label in your readings are
titles and headings, pictures, the first and last sentence, and clue
words. These features usually give you hints as to what the main idea
is. For example, if the title of the book you were reading was Monkeys
in the Jungle, what would you automatically think the book was
about? Monkeys in their natural habitat, the jungle.
The next step in becoming a reading detective is understanding what
supporting details are. Supporting details make the main idea stronger.
But, sometimes, not all sentences are important details. It is something
that you have to be quick to analyze because it could throw you off
your important case.
I think we are now ready to solve our first case.
A paragraph about astronauts will be shown to students. They
will have an opportunity to read it on their own. Students will
also receive a copy of the example paragraph to glue in their
foldables for future reference. The teacher will ask students to
talk to their table mates to discuss what they think the main
idea is as well as some possible supporting details.
Additionally, students will be instructed to underline the main
idea and box in supporting details. Following this, students
will also receive a graphic organize to glue in their foldable
that outlines the main idea and supporting details of the

4. Guided Practice
10 points

5. Independent Practice
10 points

astronaut passage.
To demonstrate how some details do not support the main idea,
students will be given a practice paragraph to examine the least
supportive detail. Students will be asked to come to the whiteboard
and to underline the sentence that does not belong.
In this portion of the lesson, the teacher will tell students to write
about a topic that interests them. Once students have completed their
paragraph, they will be instructed to underline the main idea of their
paragraphs. After doing so, students will work in partnerships to
identify and summarize one anothers main idea and supporting
details. Each student will receive an index card. On the index card
each student will identify the main idea of their partners paragraph as
well as write down some key supporting details. Students will take
turns to read their paragraph aloud. While students are in their
partnerships, the teacher will circulate around the room to ensure that
students understand what is expected and are on task.
During this portion of the lesson, students will independently read a
section from the graphic novel: An Elephants Life
An Elephants Life
After students have read the section of the graphic novel, they will
answer questions on a worksheet that pertain to identifying the main
idea and summarizing three supporting details.

6. Assessment Methods of
all objectives/skills:
10 points

7. Closure
10 points

In order to assess learning goals, the worksheet completed during the

independent practice will be utilized to measure the objective.
Students who answered 6 out of 7 questions correctly will have met
todays objective.
Following the assessment portion of the lesson, the teacher will ask
students to identify the main idea and supporting details of the graphic
novel they have read. Additionally, the teacher will ask students to
summarize what work they have completed in todays lesson. Finally,
the teacher will recap the importance in being a reading detective
when it comes to recognizing the main idea and connecting it with
evidence or supporting details from the text.

8. Assessment Results of
all objectives/skills:
10 points

Student Number

Met Objective







Did Not Meet





Missed Question 1
Missed Question 2
Missed Question 1

Missed Question 1
Missed Question 1



Missed Question 1
Missed Question 2

14 out of 16 students did not meet the days objective. Three out of 16 students missed only
questions number 1, but in total 5 students missed the question. With these result, main idea
still needs to be explored further and the meaning of authors purpose.

Targeted Students
4 points

Student/Small Group
4 points

Students who are visually impaired will be allowed

to sit closer to the boards in order to view the
PowerPoint. Students who are ELLs or need
increased support will be paired with another student
to help them during the lesson.

Students who are observed to have difficulty during

guided practice with the concept will work with the
teacher at the back table to complete the task during
independent practice. The teacher will further
explain the importance of main idea and supporting
details. The teacher will occasionally circulate to
ensure that other students are on task.

1 point

PowerPoint about becoming a reading detective relating to main idea and supporting details
Index Cards
An Elephants Life, 14 copies (some students will share)
Main Idea with Comics Worksheet, 23 copies
Paper for foldable, 23 sheets
Miniature paragraph for foldable, 23 copies
Miniature graphic organizer for foldable, 23 copies

CT signature: ________________________ Date: ______ US signature: ___________________Date: ____

Lesson Materials:
Main Idea Example Paragraph

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first

men to walk on the surface of the moon, but they
were not the last. That was Gene Cernan, the
last man to step off the lunar surface. In total
there have been twelve men who have walked on
the moon, all of whom had done so between
1969 and 1972, which is the most recent nonMichael Jackson moon walking.

Main Idea and Supporting Details Graphic Organizer

This paragraph is about moon walkers.

Armstrong & Aldrin

First Men on the Moon

Cernan was the

Last Man on the Moon

12 Men Have Walked

On the Moon

Name: ___________________

Main Idea with Comics

Directions: After reading, answer the following questions in complete sentences.

1. What is the main idea of the comic?

2. Is the authors purpose to entertain or inform? Explain your answer.

3. In your own words, write three supporting details from the comic.




4. What is a title you could give this comic?

5. Name one thing you learned today.