Lesson 1 (from On Discovery)
Learn to identify an implied main idea using details in a short story
Tell students that sometimes an author will state his or her main idea clearly in the text. Explain that in "On Discovery" the author develops an implied main idea through explicit details.
1. Have students draw a web for main idea and details on a sheet of paper. If necessary, draw one on the board for them to copy. Form small groups with at least three students in each. Have students skim pages 3-5 to find and list in their webs details that the author provides to help the reader determine the main idea. Encourage students to discuss what the main idea is in this short story. (Possible response: In the Land of Women, Tang Ao is being made to look and behave like a Chinese woman.) Let groups share their main ideas...
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