Standard #: LAFS.K.RI.1.2


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With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.


Related Courses

Course Number1111 Course Title222
5010010: English for Speakers of Other Languages-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (course terminated))
5010020: Basic Skills in Reading-K-2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond (current))
5010030: Functional Basic Skills in Communications-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5021020: Social Studies Grade K (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond)
5010041: Language Arts - Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond (current))
7710011: Access Language Arts - Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7721011: Access Social Studies - Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
5011000: Library Skills/Information Literacy Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022 (current), 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond)
5010100: Introduction to Debate Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2020 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)


Related Access Points

Access Point Number Access Point Title
LAFS.K.RI.1.AP.2a Discuss key details and main topic of a preferred text.
LAFS.K.RI.1.AP.2b With prompting and support, identify the main topic.
LAFS.K.RI.1.AP.2c With prompting and support, retell/identify key details in a text.


Related Resources

Lesson Plans

Name Description
Vegetables…in Cupcakes?!

In teams, students will make decisions about how to select the best bakery based on various cupcake characteristics (e.g., taste, smell).

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Taking Care of Business "Taking Care of Business" is a Kindergarten level lesson plan that allows students to investigate the world of jobs. In this lesson, the students will read Everybody Works by Shelley Rotner and Ken Kreisler. Then, the students will work together in small groups to show what they have learned. Your superstar students will understand more about jobs, job duties, and job settings by the end of this lesson.
Could a Wolf Really Blow a Pig’s House Down?

In this lesson, students will be animal investigators on a mission to learn all about pigs and wolves. With prompting and support from the teacher, students will read an informational text about pigs (Pigs by Robin Nelson) and wolves (Wolves by Michael Dahl). They will use information gathered to contribute to a class discussion about the characteristics of real pigs and wolves. Then, the teacher will read The Three Little Pigs (written by Anne Walters and Daniel Postgate) to the students and help them complete a Venn diagram comparing what they observed in The Three Little Pigs to what they know to be true of real pigs and wolves. In order to determine mastery of the concept, the students will complete a picture sort of Real and Imaginary Pigs and Wolves. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to explain how they make an informed decision about whether an animal is real or imaginary.

It's All in the Details

In this multi-day lesson, students will learn about American holidays as they analyze grade-appropriate informational text. Students will learn to identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book and their text features. They will also learn how to use the text features (title, headings, and illustrations) to predict the topic of the book. As the teacher reads the book, students will confirm the topic and identify important details, recording them on a graphic organizer. Finally, students will use details from the graphic organizer to draw, dictate, and/or write an expository piece about the topic of the text. 

Identifying the Main Topic: Using Details to Create a Title

In this resource, students will create a title for a book using textual details. The teacher modeling section uses a book about gorillas and the guided practice uses a passage about ants (passage included). The independent practice uses a book about leopards. With each text, students will practice creating a title based on what the text is mainly about. This is the third lesson in a three-part unit on identifying the main topic. The other lessons are attached as related resources.

Main Topic: What is the Book Mainly About?

In this resource, students will identify and describe what a book is mainly about using the title, text and pictures. The two featured texts that students will use are informational texts about tigers and ladybugs. This is the first lesson in a three-part unit on identifying main topic. The other lessons in the unit are attached as related resources.

Using Pictures to Support the Main Topic

In this resource, students will identify pictures that describe what the book is mainly about. Throughout the teacher modeling section, guided practice, and independent practice, students will use books on tigers, farm animals, and whales. This is the second lesson in a three-part unit on identifying main topic. The other lessons are attached as related resources.

What's the Big Idea?

In this multi-day lesson, students will learn about American symbols as they analyze grade-appropriate informational text. Students will learn to identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book and their text features. They will also learn how to use the text features (title, headings, and illustrations) to predict the topic of the book. As the teacher reads the book, students will confirm the topic and identify important details, recording them on a graphic organizer. Finally, students will use details from the graphic organizer to draw, dictate, and/or write an expository piece about the topic of the text.

Student Center Activities

Name Description
Comprehension: Classifying Information

In this activity, students will identify the topic and key details in a text and record them on a graphic organizer.

Comprehension: Detail Delight

In this activity, students will identify the topic and key details in informational text. As an extension, students may also compare and contrast the important details presented by two texts on the same topic.

Comprehension: Expository Fact Strip

In this activity, students will identify the main topic and key details in a text.

Comprehension: Expository Text Wheel

In this activity, students will identify the main idea and supporting details in text.

Comprehension: Just the Facts

In this activity, students will identify the topic and details in text using a graphic organizer.

Comprehension: Projected Paragraphs

In this activity, students will identify the main idea and supporting details in text.

Comprehension: Sum It Up

In this activity, students will summarize text using a graphic organizer.

Comprehension: Summarizing

In this activity, students will identify the main idea and supporting details in an expository text, then summarize the text.

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