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Identifying Key Ideas and Supporting Details
Part Three: Students at Work

Ms. Hoard's 6th grade students work on their own and with partners to navigate a text about Meresamun, a temple singer in Ancient Egypt. Ms. Hoard helps her students to identify key ideas, to discuss some details and to draw inferences from what they're read.
Grade 6 | History | Common Core Standards: RI.6 and RH.6-8
Teacher: Jodi Hoard, Mariano Azuela ES, Chicago, IL

Lesson Summary

After stating the lesson objective and modeling the process, Ms. Hoard’s 6th grade students work on their own and with partners to navigate new text. Ms. Hoard brings the focus brought back to the text and asks students to determine what sort of information was inferred within the text.

Things to watch for:

  • Students work independently, and then share findings with a partner
  • Teacher circulates to check in with students as they work
  • Whole class discussion of key idea and details to ensure students were focusing on the correct things
  • Ms. Hoard helps students work to summarize and shorten their key idea sentences
  • Ms. Hoard helps students consider a structural feature of the text, specifically that the first sentence often contains information about the key idea
  • Using the coffin inscription as an example, Ms. Hoard helps student relate information from the text to their personal experience.
  • She encourages them to think beyond the text by asking what can be inferred from the passage.

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Alignment to Common Core Standards

Reading Standards for Informational Text 6

Key Ideas and Details

  • Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1)

Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-8

Key Ideas and Details

  • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1)
  • Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2)

Aligned Teaching Materials

Ms. Hoard’s students are working to understand more about life for everyday people in Ancient Egypt. Her resources include:

Teacher Reflection

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