I am a Middle School Reading Interventionist. My students participate in Reading Workshop as the main reading component of their lessons. I teach reading strategies each day using the same basic strategies with just a slight variation on the wording or the graphic organization of the information that I want them to look for.
The essential learning for this set of lessons is summarizing an article, identifying the main idea of an article, and identifying important words and phrases that support the students' understanding of the main idea.
I like to use Scholastic, Common Lit, and Read Works articles for my informational texts. I also use nonfiction books that the students check out of the library--the most popular are basketball and World War II.
The basic strategy is that students read the article and look for words and phrases that seem important to them. The students then write the words and phrases and explain why they think that those details are important. Next, students explain what they think the main idea of the text is based on the words and phrases that they used. After completing these two steps, students are then ready to summarize the article. I require that students include the title and author of the article in their summary.
This resource is a variation on that same theme. I've included several different worksheets in which students identify important words and phrases, write the main idea, and summarize the text.