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