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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

Secrets of the Seashell

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

When a child finds a shell on vacation, she holds it...

753 Words, 5th-8th Grades, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Jackie Robinson: The Man Who Changed Baseball Forever

by RV Staff Writer J.C.H.

Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major league...

1,006 Words, 8th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

The Great Race of Mercy

Students will read a passage about sled dogs and the 1925 Great Race of Mercy. Students will then answer questions about the ma...

440 Words, 5th-7th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

The Toughest Sled Dog Race in the World

Students will read a passage about the Yukon Quest and the difficult nature of the race. Students will then answer questions ab...

520 Words, 5th-6th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Summary

The Salem Witch Trials: The Dark Truth Behind Talking Animals and Flying Broomsticks

by RV staff writer JCH

A dark part of American history, the Salem Witch tri...

879 Words, 5th-8th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Summary

The Rush

by May Kellogg Sullivan from A Woman Who Went to Alaska

Chapter IV passage: During the Klondike Gold Rush in...

429 Words, 6th-9th Grades, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea

Stickeen

by John Muir from Stickeen

In 1879, noted naturalist John Muir went to Alaska t...

1,343 Words, 6th-9th Grades, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea

Project Mercury: The First Americans in Space

Students will read a passage about Project Mercury and learn about the Space Race and America’s first human spaceflight program...

519 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Summary

The Mercury 13: Paving the Way for Women in Space

Students will read a passage about the Mercury 13 and learn about the women who dreamed of being America’s first female astrona...

453 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Threatened!

Students will read a passage about loggerhead sea turtles and learn about the threats they face in the ocean and on land. Stude...

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