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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's Views on Friends

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter XXIII passage: In her dark and silent world...

Primary Source: President Lincoln's Funeral Train

by The Philadelphia Inquirer April 25,1865

President Abraham Lincoln was the first U.S. Preside...

963 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Primary Source: The Titanic Is Sinking

from Daily Illinois State Journal April 15, 1912

In 1912, the supposedly unsinkable "Titanic" sank in...

851 Words, 8th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Primary Source: Gold in California!

from "Trenton State Gazette" (New Jersey) September 16, 1848

The discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in Californ...

514 Words, 4th-8th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Primary Source: The 1900 Galveston Hurricane

from "The Evening Star" (Washington, D.C.) September 10, 1900

The deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history was t...

1,051 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Bats in Peril

Students will read a passage about bats and learn about the key role they play in various ecosystems. They will also learn abou...

532 Words, 4th-6th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Louisa May Alcott: Novelist and Feminist

Students will read a passage about Louisa May Alcott and learn about the inspiration for her writing. They will also learn abou...

560 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Project Gemini: Stepping Stone to the Moon

Students will read a passage about Project Gemini and learn about America’s first spacewalk and first space docking maneuver. S...

467 Words, 4th-6th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea

Biography: Dorothea Lynde Dix

by Mary Stoyell Stimpson from The Child's Book of American Biography

Dorothea Dix was an 18th century activist for the me...

957 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Gibraltar

by Mark Twain from The Innocents Abroad

Chapter VII passage: Mark Twain is known for his fic...

496 Words, 8th-12th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Summary