Topic, Main Idea, and Detail Reading Comprehension

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Students always struggle to correctly identify topic, main idea, and detail. This reading comprehension resource provides a strategy for identifying topic, main idea, and details in non-fiction paragraphs and articles. It is a great tool to help with reading comprehension, close reading, and test prep.

Once students know the basic procedure, add short reading comprehension passages to various class assignments on a weekly basis to improve comprehension and the ability to summarize. This works well for standardized test prep.

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Common Core RI.1, RI.2, RI.10 (for grades 4th - 6th)

Prompts/Strategy for identifying topic, main idea, and details

Cue card with prompts to distribute to students to use as a resource

2 practice reading comprehension paragraphs

1 blank master handout to add additional practice paragraphs

7 reading comprehension passages with 5 multiple choice questions for each reading passage (standardized test style)

Answer keys for all handouts

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reading strategies, topic, main ideas, details, reading comprehension, test prep, summarizing, close reading, expository text

Total Pages
26 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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