Stage 3 reading - Main idea
Students 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; accurately retells a text including most relevant details (comprehension)
- UnT9: identifies the main themes or concepts in moderately complex texts; summarises the text identifying key details (comprehension)
NAPLAN item descriptors
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Task 1: A picture paints a thousand words
Students predict what might be happening in a range of images (two activities).
Task 2: 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 (five activities).
Task 3: Finding main idea in a whole text
Students categorise the main idea, supporting details and vocabulary using film clips (four activities).
Task 4: 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 (two activities).