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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Common Core Reading: Informational Text Standard 2

The second standard for Reading: Informational Text deals with finding main idea(s) and key details, as well as summarizing. Graphic organizers can help kids find the key details then determine the main idea. It's easy and fun!

You can make graphic organizers yourself using the Microsoft Word or Power Point SmartArt feature. Here are a few examples I whipped up in under five minutes:

These were created using the "colorful" format, but you can choose black and white, if desired. 

I've uploaded these graphic organizers to get you started. Just click on the graphic above, and they're yours! 

After finding the main idea and key details, students can simply translate them into a paragraph, and voila! A neat little summary has been created.

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