Reading Minis


Improving Comprehension: Finding the Main Idea & Supporting Details


This lesson will help your students use text structure to identify main ideas and supporting details in nonfiction texts. It includes brief instruction on main idea and details, a model, practice identifying the main idea and supporting details in a paragraph, and multiple-choice questions that assess students’ understanding of the reading skill and their ability to apply it.

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Product Description

Reading Minis for grades 3–5 provide short lessons on reading skills and strategies. Each lesson includes instruction, definitions for key terms, a model, whole-group practice, a worksheet for independent practice, a multiple-choice assessment, and a teacher’s guide. Each of these ready-made lessons can be easily opened as a PDF or HTML5 file to quickly teach a key reading skill or strategy before reading or analyzing a text.

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This lesson is one of six lessons on improving comprehension. For additional instruction on improving comprehension, see the following lessons: Making Inferences, Finding an Implied Main Idea, Retelling (or Paraphrasing), Fact and Opinion, and Author’s Purpose.