Stage 3 reading - Main idea
Students will learn to find the main idea in persuasive, imaginative and informative paragraphs, text sections and whole text. Students then identifying vocabulary and key details to determine an overall main idea.
- EN3-3A: uses an integrated range of skills, strategies and knowledge to read, view and comprehend a wide range of texts in different media and technologies.
National Literacy Learning Progression
- UnT8: reads and views some moderately complex texts (see Text complexity) (comprehension); accurately retells a text including most relevant details (comprehension); identifies main idea and related or supporting ideas in moderately complex texts (see Text complexity) (comprehension); skims and scans texts for key words to track the development of ideas (process)
- UnT9: identifies the main themes or concepts in complex texts by synthesising key ideas or information (comprehension); summarises the text identifying key details only (comprehension); draws inferences, synthesising clues and evidence across a text (comprehension); selects reading/viewing strategies appropriate to reading purpose (e.g. scans text for evidence) (process); judiciously selects texts for learning area tasks and purposes (process)
- UnT10: reads and views complex or some highly complex texts (see Text complexity) (comprehension); integrates automatically a range of processes such as predicting, confirming predictions, monitoring, and connecting relevant elements of the text to build meaning (process)
NAPLAN item descriptors
The relevant NAPLAN item descriptors are included in the resource, available for download on this page.
Full task descriptions are included in the resource, available for download on this page..
A picture paints a thousand words
Students predict what might be happening in a range of images.
Topic, main idea and theme
Students skim and scan texts to identify the topic, main idea and theme.
Determining topic and main idea
Students predict the main idea using images to support their understanding.
Identifying main idea in a paragraph or section of text
Students use a range of paragraphs and sections of texts to identify the vocabulary, details and main idea.
Finding main idea in a whole text
Students categorise the main idea, supporting details and vocabulary using film clips.
Identifying main idea in informative texts
Students apply the ‘Gather, Identify, Summarise, Top and tail’ (GIST) process to identify the main idea in a range of informative, persuasive and imaginative texts.