Main / Central Idea Reading Passages

A main idea is the brief summary of the most important concept or concepts in a passage. There can be a main idea, sometimes called a central idea, in a paragraph or a section of a text as well.  

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Peter Pan

With a little fairy dust, we can all fly to Neverland by reading J. M. Barrie’s wonderful fantasy “Peter Pan.” This Reading Set includes passages from each chapter of the novel along with related comprehension questions. Your student can follow Wendy, Michael, and John Darling as they join Peter, Tinker Bell, and the Lost Boys in their adventures with that famous pirate villain, Captain Hook. 

Reading Set: 17 Passages

Documents of Freedom

For centuries, humans have attempted to codify the rights, privileges, responsibilities, and freedoms each person has in a society. This Reading Set is a collection of some of the most important documents in this ongoing quest to form “a more perfect union.”

Reading Set: 5 Passages

The French Revolution

The French Revolution began in 1789 and took the idea of modern democracy from the fledgling United States to Europe. A period of social, political, and economic upheaval, it has been the setting for many seminal works by major authors, including Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo. This Reading Set includes both fiction and nonfiction passages along with related reading comprehension questions.

Reading Set: 4 Passages

Aesop's Fables

A fable is a story with a moral, or lesson, at the end. Aesop, a Greek author in the 6th century B.C.E., is perhaps the most famous fabulist, or fable writer. His charming stories teach children and adults important lessons about kindness, wisdom, and living with each other. This Reading Set includes some of Aesop's most beloved fables.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

Helen Learns Words

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter IV passage: This passage is from Helen Kelle...

879 Words, 5th-8th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

Little Helen

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter II passage: Helen Keller was an extraordinar...

619 Words, 5th-8th Grades, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

The Emancipation Proclamation

by Abraham Lincoln

In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lin...

735 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

Echo the Christmas Parrot

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Lucy sends her Christmas letter to the North Pole an...

790 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Story Elements, and Summary

Rachel Carson, Environmentalist

Nature writer and marine biologist Rachel Carson wrote the highly controversial book, “Silent Spring.” The book had the chemica...

439 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

The Return Home

by J.M. Barrie from Peter Pan

Chapter 16 passage: J.M. Barrie’s tale “Peter Pan" r...

499 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea, and Summary