Main Ideas

Once you find the main idea of a paragraph, it's easy to see how the rest of the details are supporting evidence. Take your readers through an explanatory video that demonstrates the points and supports of several reading examples.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the video for homework before your reading lesson for a flipped classroom activity
  • Pause the video at opportune moments for additional instruction
  • Use in a writing lesson to emphasize the importance of structured arguments
Classroom Considerations

  • The video is a little long (9 minutes) and would be most effective if broken up into smaller parts
  • Contains some colloquial phrases that could confuse second language learners (My car is a lemon)
  • The first reading video in a ten-video series

  • Encourages learners to read closely and structure their writing in an understandable way
  • Applicable to writing and reading units alike
  • Provides several examples for learners to examine

  • Not very engaging for younger learners
  • Some slides contain a large amount of text that could overwhelm young readers