Developing a Central Idea: Spies and the Revolutionary War – Part One

Resource ID#: 186427 Type: Original Student Tutorial
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Subject(s): English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 8
Intended Audience: Students
Instructional Time: 35 Minute(s)
Keywords: English, English Language Arts, Language Arts, interactive, e-learning, topic, Revolutionary War, Continental Army, George Washington, determine a central idea, central idea, key details, nonfiction, tutorials, patriots, George Washington's Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America, topics, non-fiction, British Army, Francis Smith, Minute Men, , Paul Revere, Battle of Lexington, Battle of Concord, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Brian Kilmeade, Don Yeager, Continental Congress, central ideas, informational text
Instructional Component Type(s): Original Student Tutorial

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Explore excerpts from the nonfiction book George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial is the final part of a four-part series. In this tutorial, you’ll read two more passages from the book about Washington’s spies. You’ll also determine the central ideas of the passages, identify key details, and practice writing a summary of a text. 

You should complete the previous tutorials in this series before beginning Part Four. 

Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Click HERE to launch Part Two. 

Click HERE to launch Part Three. 

Developing a Central Idea: Spies and the Revolutionary War — Part Three:

Explore excerpts from the nonfiction book George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial is Part Three of a four-part series. In this tutorial, you'll read another passage from the book, identify the topic, and determine the central idea. Then, you'll review the central ideas from all the passages you've read throughout this series and examine how each central idea helps develop an overarching central idea of all the passages. 

Be sure to complete the first two parts before beginning Part Three.

Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Click HERE to launch Part Two. 

Make sure to do Part Four to complete the series! Click HERE to launch Part Four.

Developing a Central Idea: Spies and the Revolutionary War — Part Two:

Explore excerpts from the nonfiction book George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spies Who Saved America with this interactive tutorial. In this four-part series, you'll analyze several passages from the book and learn how to extract key information along the way. In Part Two, you'll read another passage from the book, identify the topic, determine the central idea, and examine how key details help develop the central idea.

Be sure to complete Part One before beginning Part Two. 

Click HERE to launch Part One. 

Make sure to complete the rest of the series: 

Click HERE to launch Part Three. 

Click HERE to launch Part Four.

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