LAFS.1.RI.1.2Archived Standard

Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Grade: 1
Strand: Reading Standards for Informational Text
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Date Adopted or Revised: 12/10
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved - Archived

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
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, 2022 and beyond (current))
5021030: Social Studies Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
5010042: Language Arts - Grade One (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond)
7710012: Access Language Arts - Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7721012: Access Social Studies - Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond)
5011010: Library Skills/Information Literacy Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
5010101: Introduction to Debate Grade 1 (Specifically in versions: 2020 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))

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Lesson Plans

What Do You Do With A Tail Like This? Close Reading Lesson on Main Topic and Key Details:

In this lesson, students will use What Do You Do With A Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page to identify the main topic and key details using the illustrations and text with teacher support, in pairs, and independently. Students will work to complete a 3-2-1 card, a group poster and presentation, as well as an independent explanatory writing to show their understanding of the main topic, subtopics, and key details.

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"What Plants Need" – Identifying Key Details and Main Topic:

In this close reading lesson, students will complete activities over a period of three days to gain deeper understanding of the text "What Plants Need," asking and answering questions and identifying key details that support the main topic of the text. Students will write an informative paragraph about what they've learned from the text.

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A Tree Is a Plant - Step by Step:

In this lesson, students will participate in close reading a text about trees. They will ask and answer text-dependent questions and identify the main topic and key details of the text. They will also write an informative paragraph about what they've learned, providing examples from the text they read. This lesson provides great background information and extension activities to support learning in science as well as reading!

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Going on a Bear Hunt!:

In this lesson, students will generate questions about bears. They will answer questions about key details from the text, Bears, by Melvin and Gilda Berger and identify the main topic. They will write an informative 5 sentence paragraph on the topic of bears using key details from the text to support their writing.

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Learning About Community Helpers Through an Exploration of Text Features and Main Idea:

In this lesson, the role of five community helpers will be explored. The teacher will use A Day With Librarians, 550L, to model for students how to utilize text features to better understand text and how to take notes on key details found in the book. In groups of four to five, students will be assigned a book on a community helper (A Day With Police Officers, 510L, A Day With Mail Carriers, 470L, A Day With Firefighters, 390L, A Day With Doctors, 490L). They will ask and answer text-dependent questions, complete a text feature chart, and will utilize a note taking sheet to record key details on each section of their text. They will find the main idea of each section and then utilize that information to determine the main topic of their book. That information will then be utilized to write an informative book on the job of their community helper.

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Using National Geographic Reader: Frogs! To Explore Text Features and Main Idea:

This unit focuses on using text features to understand non-fiction text, specifically National Geographic Reader: Frogs!, (ATOS 2.6, 410L) by Elizabeth Carney. The students will participate in a whole group activity where a portion of text will be analyzed for its main topic and main idea, a graphic organizer will be modeled to show the relationship between key details and the main idea, and a shared writing activity will be conducted. They will then apply the skills learned as they create their own main idea table and write an informational paragraph. They will answer questions about the text and will participate in class discussions and work cooperatively to complete a variety of activities.

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Rules/Laws Read Aloud Incorporating Main Topic:

In this lesson, students will learn laws of the classroom and community all while determining the main idea.

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Night Sky Introduction:

This lesson plan is an introductory lesson for first graders on the objects seen in the night sky and stars.

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Bird Beaks: Determining the Main Idea:

This lesson teaches main idea and details through the use of a nonfiction text on bird beaks. This lesson could be used in conjunction with a lesson on animal adaptations.

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The Main Idea Matters! (A Lesson on Gases) 3 of 3:

This lesson teaches main idea and details incorporating a science lesson on gases.

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What is a Scientist? - Main Idea and Details:

This main idea lesson is intended to expose students to the role and importance of scientists. Through informational text, students will learn what scientists do and why they are important. After learning about scientists, students will write a summary identifying the main idea and details from the text. Then, they will share their summaries with partners in the classroom. This lesson is intended to show students that they can also be scientists and make their own discoveries.

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The Main Idea Matters! (A Lesson on Liquids) 2 of 3:

This lesson teaches main idea and details incorporating a science lesson on liquids.

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I'm Seeing Starfish:

In this lesson, students will work with two texts, Starfish by Edith Thacher Hurd and Discovering Starfish by Lorijo Metz. They will ask and answer questions about key details. They will also identify and retell key details about starfish. They will be able to compare and contrast the texts. The students will also be able to distinguish between information from pictures and information from texts. The students will write an informative paragraph about starfish.

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Main Idea: Where is Matter?:

This lesson teaches main idea and details incorporating a science lesson on matter.Teachers will utilize a KWL chart to help assess students' background knowledge, as well as what they want to learn, and what they have learned at the end of the lesson. An informational text entitled What is the World Made of? All about Solids, Liquids, and Gases will be used throughout the lesson. As a summative assessment, students will write a summary which identifies the main idea and key details from this text.

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Studying Text Features through National Geographic Reader: Polar Bears:

This lesson focuses on using text features to understand nonfiction text, specifically the National Geographic Reader: Polar Bears, by Laura Marsh, ATOS level 2.6. The students will participate in a lesson utilizing a PowerPoint presentation explaining text features. They will answer questions about the text, take notes to answer specific questions about the text, and will use the notes to write a paragraph about polar bears. They will participate in class discussions and work cooperatively to complete a variety of activities, including identifying the main topic of the informational text.

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The Main Idea Matters (A Lesson On Solids) 1 of 3:

This lesson teaches the concept of main idea and details and writing informational/expository text using science content on solids.

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Original Student Tutorial

Topical Travels:

Identify paragraphs in a text, use key details to identify the topic of a paragraph, and identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text using the topics and details from each paragraph in this Florida-themed interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Student Center Activities

Comprehension: Classifying Information:

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

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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.

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Comprehension: Expository Fact Strip:

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

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Comprehension: Expository Text Wheel:

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

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Comprehension: Just the Facts:

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

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Comprehension: Projected Paragraphs:

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

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Comprehension: Sum It Up:

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

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Comprehension: Summarizing:

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

Type: Student Center Activity

Original Student Tutorials for Language Arts - Grades K-5

Topical Travels:

Identify paragraphs in a text, use key details to identify the topic of a paragraph, and identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text using the topics and details from each paragraph in this Florida-themed interactive tutorial.

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Original Student Tutorial

Topical Travels:

Identify paragraphs in a text, use key details to identify the topic of a paragraph, and identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text using the topics and details from each paragraph in this Florida-themed interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

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