Module Goals:

Fortunately, most college-level readings are structured to help students distinguish between main ideas and supporting details. Textbook chapters and sections within the chapter, as well as essays, articles, and other types of readings we assign, all have one or more main idea or key concept. Authors then use supporting details--including explanations, evidence, and examples--to clarify the main ideas. Showing students how to identify both stated and implied main ideas, as well as how to understand the roles of supporting details, can help them improve their reading comprehension.

Our learning goals for this module are:

  • Faculty will gain an awareness of reasons students encounter difficulty distinguishing main ideas.
  • Faculty will learn application strategies for helping students identify main ideas and supporting details for improved reading comprehension.