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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

Documents of Freedom

For centuries, humans have attempted to codify the rights, privileges, responsibilities, and freedoms each person has in a so...

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 perio...

Reading Set: 6 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 fa...

Reading Set: 6 Passages

Primary Source: Is There a Santa Claus?

by Frances Pharcellus Church from The Sun (New York City, New York) September 21, 1897

Published in 1897, this newspaper editorial has beco...

538 Words, 8th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea

The First National Monument: Devils Tower

by President Theodore Roosevelt

The first declared national monument in the United S...

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

Primary Source: The First World Series

by The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Oct. 15, 1903

It's hard to imagine an October without a World Seri...

391 Words, 5th-9th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Brother Bird Returns

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

When a young blue jay falls out of the nest, he ends...

The Ice Cream Stand

by Elizabeth Trach

Tiegan and Jonas love to eat ice cream at the local ...

Mary Chesnut: News of Lincoln's Assassination

by Mary Boykin Chesnut from A Diary from Dixie

This diary entry from a Confederate general's wife r...

381 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Point of View

Football Days: A Yale Nightmare

by William H. Edwards from Football Days: Memories of The Game and of the Men Behind the Ball

Chapter XVIII passage: College football in the Unite...

748 Words, 6th-10th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary