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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

Commander Tom and the Alien

by RV Staff Writer J. C.

A brave fighter pilot faces a new enemy in an air ba...

331 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, 420L - 730L, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea, Point of View, Summary

The Little House

by J.M. Barrie from Peter Pan

Chapter 6 Passage: J.M. Barrie's 1911 classic novel ...

606 Words, 4th-5th Grades, 420L - 730L, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea, Summary, Symbolism

A Christmas Fairy

by John Strange Winter from The Children’s Book of Christmas Stories

“A Christmas Fairy” is a short story published in 19...

448 Words, 4th-6th Grades, 420L - 730L, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Theme

Indian Life and Adventure

by Ohiye S’a/Charles Alexander Eastman from Indian Boyhood

Chapter X Passage: Ohiye S’a, whose English name was...

239 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Story Elements

The Mother and the Wolf

by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

The Greek author Aesop wrote fables centuries ago th...

174 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, 740L - 1050L, Main / Central Idea, Summary, Theme

Mercury and the Woodman

by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

Although they were written centuries ago, Aesop's fa...

435 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, 420L - 730L, Main / Central Idea, Summary, Theme

The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf

by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

Aesop is the well-loved writer of fables. Even thoug...

291 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary, Theme

The Fox and the Goat

by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

Aesop's fables are much beloved stories written cent...

186 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Theme

The Astrologer

by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

Aesop was an ancient Greek storyteller who wrote his...

212 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, 420L - 730L, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary, Theme

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: Part Two

by Benjamin Franklin from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the most co...

383 Words, 9th-12th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Compare and Contrast, Main / Central Idea, Summary