Highlighting is a way for students to visually focus on important information and main ideas. Students use highlighting as they read to carefully choose the key points of a selection.

When to use

this strategy:

With reading assignments.

As a form of note taking

When students are looking for specific information in a selection.



Use Highlighting to find story elements in a fictional story.

Use Highlighting to find key information needed to solve a word problem.

Use Highlighting to find parts of a flower as you read.

Use Highlighting to identify the causes of the Industrial Revolution.


What does

it look like?

Click here to see rules for Highlighting.

How to use

this strategy:

Begin by teaching children the rules for Highlighting. Model for students how to highlight important information. Students will highlight everything until you model for them how to selectively highlight.