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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Exploring Space

Space is considered the last great frontier. Since the beginning of time, humans have looked up with wonder at the stars, moon,...

Reading Set: 6 Passages

The Great White North

Gold, cold, dogs, and sleds: nothing says Alaska and the Yukon territory of Canada like those four things. This reading set fea...

Reading Set: 6 Passages

My First Summer in the Sierra

Famed conservationist John Muir traveled through the Sierra  Nevada Mountains in 1869. He was with shepherds and a flock of she...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Species in Danger

In 2012, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed over 9,000 plant and animal species as either critica...

Reading Set: 11 Passages

Conservation

We’ve only one planet to live on, so the preservation of natural resources for our children and grandchildren is up to us. This...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Across the Plains

In 1879, author Robert Louis Stevenson traveled from Great Britain to New York. From there, he took a train across the United...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Mother Goose

Many children are already familiar with the Mother Goose nursery rhymes, which makes them easier to read for beginning reader...

Reading Set: 6 Passages

Women's History

Women’s History Month is traditionally held in March, but the study of women’s history is valuable all twelve months of the yea...

Reading Set: 18 Passages

Helen Keller

Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an inspiration to many. Although she was born with normal sight and hearing, she lost both at a ...

Reading Set: 7 Passages

U.S. Presidents

Forty-four men have served as President of the United States. They have lead the country through wars, economic depressions, ...

Reading Set: 10 Passages