All authors present main ideas and support them with details. The Finding the Main Idea and Details lesson, for grades 4–8, will help your students identify the main idea in a text and explain how the author uses details to support it. This lesson includes a definition, an explanation of how the skill is used, an example, and practice questions with excerpts from real books. The Finding the Main Idea and Details lesson can kick off a reading lesson or serve as an impromptu refresher of skills already introduced. The lesson also includes a separate Answer Key PDF.