1. Box the title of the passage (if there is one).
2. Bracket and number each paragraph.
3. Put your pen and highlighter away. Read the entire passage for the main idea.
4. Read the assigned questions and highlight the key words in the question.
5. Read the passage a second time, looking for the answers to the questions. Highlight the answer to each question and write the number of the question in the margin (ex. Q1, Q2, etc.).