- Are all of the other sentences about this one?
- Are these sentences related?
- What is the main idea the author is trying to tell me in this paragraph?
This activity engages them in a higher order thinking task, and requires reasoning skills. You can do this activity with any paragraph of sentences by simply typing them up and giving them to students out of order. You could even write the sentences to the paragraph randomly on the board and have students recopy them as a paragraph that begins with the main idea. Scroll down to learn how you can try the activity shown in the photographs for free.
Teachers love the included response sheet so students can write and explain why one sentence is the main idea. The file also includes writing extension ideas for older students!
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