Teaching Reading and Writing with Mentor Texts: Main Idea



Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I always love joining my Reading Crew friends to share some great resources and mentor texts!  Be on the lookout for my mystery word which will be in blue!

Book Summary

The title of the book is a very accurate summary!  The award winning book Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla is based on the real life events of  Ivan the Gorilla who was taken from the wild and brought to a mall in Washington State where he spent most of his life.


Lesson Intro

There were a few topics that were important to go over before we could dive into the text.


Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.
First we talked about main idea.  It can be a tricky topic to teach but this anchor chart provides a great visual to help students understand.  (I have included a template that can be used for your anchor chart.You can just project it and trace it)

Next, we went to the website PebbleGo and read about Gorillas.  There was a lot of great information and it helped set the stage for students to read the book about Ivan.

When we looked at the cover, we also had to take a moment to discuss that even though the book had illustrations, it was a true story about a Gorilla. It was also an odd concept for students (and myself) to understand that at one time there was a shopping mall that had a wild animal living in it.

How to Use this Resource

There are a variety of ways this resource can be used, depending on the grade that you use it with.  I used this particular chart with primary students.  After I read the book, we brainstormed some big ideas/main ideas about Ivan.  One student said that Ivan was not like other gorillas, and we went with that!

Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.

We pulled up the digital version and got to work.  We brainstormed some supporting details on the chart.  Then students independently filled in their own supporting details using a paper/pencil chart.

Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.

Extension Activities 

In this video, the author, Katherine Applegate, talks to Ivan’s zookeeper, Jody Carrigan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwbbu4uDaKs

This is the publisher's website that includes an incredible book trailer and a video from the author.
http://hmhbooks.com/ivan/

If you do not have a PebbleGo subscription, this National Geographic Kids link is a good source of information about Gorillas. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mountain-gorilla/#mountain-gorilla-closeup-eating.jpg

The author also wrote The One and Only Ivan, a chapter book that is a fictional story inspired by the real life of Ivan the Gorilla. This book was the inspiration for the non-fiction picture book Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla geared toward a younger audience.

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Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.




















15 comments

  1. I STILL haven't read this book...I hear it is AWESOME. I absolutely love your main idea activity...that is the perfect visual :) Thanks so much for sharing!
    Julie
    The Techie Teacher

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your kind words! The visual was really helpful for my students!

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  2. I LOVE The One and Only Ivan. I can only imagine that ALL of my students will love this. I can't wait to share this lesson with my littles, and suggest this book for my intermediate students so they can continue their love of Ivan. THANK YOU JENN!!!

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    1. Thank you! The book is a great companion to the chapter book! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting =)

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  3. I have used the table analogy for years, and I love the printables you shared. What a great visual aid for kids! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Carla! The visual really helps my students! I'm behind the game I just learned about the visual =)

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  4. This book looks sad, but I'm sure it would be a great read. I like your main idea/table analogy! Great way to introduce it. Thanks!
    Jennifer
    Practical Primary Teacher

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! It is definitely not a warm and fuzzy book, but it has a good message and Ivan does eventually get to live his life in a zoo! Thank you for your kind words!

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  5. Love your article on teaching Main Idea! I was very interested in Pebble Go....I had never heard of that. I took a look at it.....is this something that your school pays for? I would be interested in using this at our school too. Thanks for the great ideas!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Yes our district has a subscription to PebbleGo. Other than having great information on animals there are also biographies, science and social studies! It is a great way for elementary kids to do research!

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  6. I can't wait to check out that interview!! My family read this book and the chapter book this year for a school project. We loved it so much! Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

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    1. It was really fascinating - apparently he could be naughty =) Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. I have this picture book (LOVE it!) and use it in conjunction with The One and Only Ivan. I will definitely be saving your main idea resource for the next time I read this with one of my reading groups. Thank you for sharing! :)

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  8. I love your table and legs metaphor for main idea and supporting details - it really makes it clear! Thank you so much for sharing this book too - I haven't read it yet and am looking forward to checking it out!

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  9. Love the table analogy. Great blog post with a fabulous freebie!!

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