Teaching Main Idea and Supporting Details
Main Idea and details are important reading comprehension skills readers need to develop. In this post, I have written some ideas and strategies to help you get started in teaching it to your early elementary students.
What is the main idea?
The main idea is the point the passage is written around. Main idea can be found in songs, poems, articles, and stories. It can be found in both fiction and non-fiction works.
What are the details?
Details helps the reader or listener learn more about the main idea and the main point. The author uses details to support the main idea and to give more information.
Reasons why to teach these to students
Learning these three skills altogether will help your students understand what they read, see, and hear better. Being able to pick out this information in pictures, discussions and readings will help them improve their overall comprehension skills. As students start reading more complex texts, it will help them summarize passages and understand them. These skills are the basis of good comprehension.