Students look for a key terms or concepts in their reading that are connected to the main idea. This would be their magnet word(s.)
For example, Jen and Tom used this strategy in Citizenship when teaching the amendments. They gave the students the magnet word: Article 3. Students then read the article and wrote down the key terms or concepts in Article 3. Then students had to take these words and use them in a sentence. Lastly they had to organize these sentences into a summary that flowed, and used transition words.