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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

Susan B. Anthony and the Right to Vote

by Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was a devout women’s rights activis...

422 Words, 6th-8th Grades, Main / Central Idea

Going to St. Ives

by Mother Goose from The Real Mother Goose

This classic Mother Goose nursery rhyme comes from a...

71 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Madam C.J. Walker: Self-Made Millionaire and Philanthropist

Students will read a passage about Madam C.J. Walker and learn about her success as a businesswomen and philanthropist. Student...

549 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

First American Woman in Space: Sally Ride

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

Although the U.S. manned space program began in 1959...

283 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Orangutans: Forest Friends in Need

Students will read a passage about orangutans and learn about the threat to their rainforest home. They will then answer questi...

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

Mountain Gorillas: Going, Going, Almost Gone

Students will read a passage about mountain gorillas and learn about their status as a critically endangered species. Students ...

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

Abigail Adams: Persuading Her Husband

Abigail Adams’ letters to her husband, John Adams, reveals much of the inner workings of the early Founding Fathers. In this ex...

261 Words, 9th-12th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Compare and Contrast, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea

The 19th Amendment: Votes for Women

by RV Staff Writer A.A.

One hundred years ago women were not allowed to vote...

444 Words, 4th-6th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Up From Slavery: Boyhood Days

by Booker T. Washington from Up From Slavery

Chapter 2 passage: Educator, author, leader, preside...

470 Words, 6th-8th Grades, 1300L +, Main / Central Idea

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Date of Infamy

by Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address to Congres...

518 Words, 8th-10th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Main / Central Idea, Summary