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Many Reading SOL questions ask about a reading passage's main idea.  Normally, the very first sentence of the passage will state the main idea.  These highlighted words are frequently found in SOL reading questions.  Thoroughly understanding these words and how they signal that the reader ought to look for the key points or main idea, wil help the student understand the question and what he or she needs to find: Significant-important, often main idea or theme Best-clearest most accurate answer or example, there may be two answers that are good, but one is better or best Main idea-the most important thing, general theme, usually said in first sentence Theme- main or general idea/focus Best Heading-clearest, most important information, best title, best headline Most clearly-best answer, best evidence, clearest Main Focus- focus is what the passage is talking about or looking at; focus means to see, like... read more

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