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Webinar: Understanding and Identifying Topic, Main Idea, and Topic Sentence When Reading Informational Text

What
Webinar: Understanding and Identifying Topic, Main Idea, and Topic Sentence When Reading Informational Text
When
10/2/2017, 4:00 PM 5:00 PM

The ability to understand, identify, and state the main idea of a text is a basic reading skill. When reading, identifying the main idea helps students avoid getting lost in the details, supports comprehension monitoring, and fosters active learning. This four-part webinar series will focus on

The process for finding the main idea,
The scope and sequence for teaching main idea skills,
Instructional routines and techniques for teaching main idea skills using informational text, and
Suggestions for teaching students to identify paragraph and multi-paragraph main idea skills using the gradual release method.
Webinar #1 Overview and the Process for Finding Main Idea

In this initial webinar participants will

Find the connection between main idea skills and the ELA Standards
Define topic, main idea and topic sentence
Learn the process for finding the main idea
Identify the scope and sequence for teaching main idea skills
Webinar #2 Instructional routines and techniques for teaching main idea skills

In the second webinar participants will

Understand how instructional routines support struggling students
Learn techniques for teaching main idea skills, including “self-cuing”
Webinar #3 Gradual Release Method

In the third webinar participants will

Continue learning techniques for teaching main idea skills, including “getting the gist”
Understand how to implement the Gradual Release Method for scaffolding main idea skills instruction
Webinar #4 Suggestions for teaching paragraph and multi-paragraph main idea skills

In the fourth webinar participants will

Learn techniques and get suggestions on how to teach paragraph and multi-paragraph main idea skills
Review the concepts taught in the first three webinars

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