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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.  

(129) Results for Main / Central Idea Reading 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, 740L - 1050L, Main / Central Idea, 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, 740L - 1050L, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea, Summary

The Emancipation Proclamation

by Abraham Lincoln

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

735 Words, 9th-12th Grades, 1300L +, Main / Central Idea, 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, 420L - 730L, Main / Central Idea, Story Elements, 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, 420L - 730L, Main / Central Idea, 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, 420L - 730L, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea, Summary

“Hook or Me This Time”

by J.M. Barrie from Peter Pan

Chapter 15 passage: “Peter Pan” is the classic tale ...

549 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Calm in Storm

by Charles Dickens

Book the Third—the Track of a Storm, Part IV passage...

515 Words, 9th-12th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea, Summary, Theme

Do You Believe in Fairies?

by J.M. Barrie from Peter Pan

Chapter 13 passage: One of the most famous scenes fr...

480 Words, 4th-5th Grades, 420L - 730L, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea, Story Elements, Summary

The Never Bird

by J.M. Barrie from Peter Pan

Chapter 9 passage: “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie is the...

520 Words, 4th-5th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary