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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

Confucius: The Most Famous Teacher in China

by RV Staff Writer JCH

Confucius changed the attitudes of the Chinese peopl...

539 Words, 5th-6th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea

Don’t Drink from That Pond!

Bruce the dog kept telling Daisy the cat not to do bad things. Daisy didn’t listen and discovered the consequences. After readi...

457 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea, Summary

In Camp on the North Fork of the Merced

by John Muir from My First Summer in the Sierra

Chapter II passage: John Muir, founder of the Sierra...

866 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea

Through the Foothills with a Flock of Sheep

by John Muir from My First Summer in the Sierra

Chapter I passage: John Muir was founder of the Sier...

The Extermination of the American Bison

by William Temple Hornaday

William Temple Hornaday was a zoologist and conserva...

659 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Fact and Opinion, Main / Central Idea, Summary

The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West

by John Muir from Our National Parks

Chapter I passage: John Muir was a noted naturalist ...

334 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea

The Plains of Nebraska

by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains

More noted for his works of fiction and poetry, Robe...

The Emigrant Train

by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains

Chapter 2 passage: Scottish author Robert Louis Stev...

The Mystery Mammal

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Following a set of clues from her teacher about a m...

631 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Point of View, Summary

The Kenny Method

Elizabeth Kenny (1880-1952) was an Australian nurse. She developed an unconventional method for treating victims of polio, also...

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