Main Idea and Key Details

Main Idea & Key Details

The MAIN IDEA is what the text is mostly about. 

How to find the main idea:

*Read the title.

*Look at the pictures.

*Look for key words, ideas, & phrases that are repeated. 

*Read the first & last sentence of the text. 

*Ask yourself, "What was the text mostly about?"


The KEY DETAILS describe or explain the main idea.

Details may include:

*Facts          *Reasons          *Examples          *Steps          *Definitions          

* Descriptions             *Comparisons             *Contrasts