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1 READING AND WRITING A MAIN IDEA WEEK 3 OSSLT PREP

2 READING INFORMATIONAL TEXT

3 READING Read selection carefully. Students are permitted to write in selection.

4 TIPS FOR READING INFORMATIONAL TEXT 1. Scan the text by reading the title and headings. Read the first and last sentence or paragraph. 2. Focus on the content by turning the first sentences of each paragraph into questions and searching the text for the answer. 3. Review the text by rereading the title, headings and first sentences. 4. Reflect on what the selection made you think and feel.

5 WHEN READING There are four places to look for answers to a question: Look in the selection Look in the selection and make inferences Look in the selection and add your personal opinion Look in the selection and add your prior knowledge

6 REVIEW TIPS FOR MULTIPLE CHOICE Explicit (Knowledge) Locate and Match Implicit (Thinking) Search and Think Making Connections (Application) Link & Generate Own Ideas

7 REVIEW TIPS FOR MULTIPLE CHOICE Read the questions first Read the title Skim the selection, then read it closely Read the question again look for key words in the text Read all answers Watch for distracters and use process of elimination No idea? GUESS! Never leave blanks!

8 HOW TO WRITE A MAIN IDEA

9 WRITING A MAIN IDEA It involves choosing and relaying ONLY the most important part of what you read. Writing a MAIN IDEA involves identifying what the author says about the topic Student prompt: State a main idea of this selection and provide one specific detail from the selection that supports it. There are 6 lines to write. Write at least 4 sentences.

10 HOW TO WRITE A MAIN IDEA MAIN + THREE Main Determine what the main idea of the text is Three Provide at least three examples from the text that support your main idea

11 GRAPHIC ORGANIZER

12 TIPS FOR WRITING A MAIN IDEA 1. Read the article including the title and name the topic. Topic answers the question What is the article about? 2. Determine the main idea of the article. The main idea is usually found near the beginning of the article and is usually restated at the end. Find the main idea and highlight it. Main idea answers the question What does the author say about the topic? 3. Write a topic sentence which states the main idea of the article. 4. Find 3 supporting details for the main idea in the article. These are facts, statistics, examples or information which can be used to explain and support the main idea.

13 TIPS FOR WRITING A MAIN IDEA 5. Choose at least one supporting detail and write a sentence to explain it. 6. Write at least one more sentence that expands the supporting detail. Begin with a phrase like For example to say more about it. 7. Put your ideas in the same order as they are in the article. 8. Write a concluding sentence that connects back to the topic sentence and the main idea.

14 TIPS FOR WRITING A MAIN IDEA DO NOT include personal opinion or thoughts. All information in answer must come directly from the text. All details to support the main idea must come directly from the selection (statements, facts, dates, numbers, etc.).

15 OSSLT SCORING RUBRIC

16 STUDENT CHECKLIST Content Main idea stated in topic sentence Supporting details directly related to the main idea Reader will understand content of original selection I did not include my opinion. Organization Transition words and phrases to link ideas Correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation Complete sentences Appropriate tone

17 KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER Do NOT include personal opinion in response All support for the main idea must come directly from the selection You do not get to use any graphic organizers on the day of the OSSLT so practicing use the blank space in the test booklet Rough Notes and create your own graphic organizer

18 CONSOLIDATION

19 CONSOLIDATION Complete the following section in your practice booklets Section V (Reading, Multiple Choice, Main Idea) When finished, complete STUDENT CHECKLIST and leave in booklet Hand in booklet when finished

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