Strategy #1: Asking questions that help identify main ideas and supporting details in essays and articles

These are basic questions you can ask students both to stimulate their interest in a reading and to create a framework for recognizing the main idea and supporting details:

1. Based on the title of the reading, what do you think the article will be about?
2. Is there one sentence that describes the main idea for this topic?
3. What two words would you use to describe the general idea of the article?
4. What details from the selection support this general idea?