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  • Identifying and integrating main ideas or details  
  • Paraphrasing main ideas or details
  • Tackling difficult vocabulary
  • Learning various strategies to read or listen more fluently

Reading Resources

Main Idea

The main idea expresses the central point or the most important idea and gives the paragraph focus, purpose, and direction.

Supporting Details

Supporting details are reasons, examples, facts, steps, or other kinds of evidence that back and explain the main idea.

Patterns of Organization

Effective communication begins with a clearly organized set of ideas following a logical, consistent pattern.

Facts and Opinions

Facts are statements that can be verified or proven true or false; whereas, opinions cannot be verified.


Inferences are ideas that are not stated directly, but are implied by the content of the material.

  • Inferences Study Sheet provides instructions, examples, and practices on how to identify and make accurate inferences.


Paying attention to words and phrases within a sentence can help students figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words.

External Resources


Learning Commons Communications Calendar