Notice What Repeats
This strategy will help you figure out what the text is mostly about.
Look for KEY REPEAT WORDS and highlight or write them down as you read.
Summarize the REPEAT WORDS after each section.
Using the summaries, come up with a MAIN IDEA.
Add up the Facts
This is used to determine the main idea.
Read each section in the text, highlight or write down facts that seem connect together.
In your own words, write what the text is mainly about.
What? and So What?
The Main Idea is more than a topic.
What? The Topic of the text or subtext
So What? The author's angle or slant.
Now What? What you think the author is trying say about the topic.