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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

John F. Kennedy: Why the Moon?

President John F. Kennedy set an ambitious goal in 1961 that America would land on the moon before the end of the decade. In th...

683 Words, 8th-10th Grades, 1300L +, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea

Amur Tigers: Big Cats in Crisis

Students will read a passage about Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, and learn about their status as an endangered sp...

427 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

President Theodore Roosevelt’s 7th Annual Message to Congress

by Theodore Roosevelt

An avid conservationist, President Theodore Roosevel...

689 Words, 9th-12th Grades, 1300L +, Compare and Contrast, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Bessie Blount Griffin: Inventor and Forensic Scientist

Bessie Blount Griffin was an inventor, nurse, physical therapist, and forensic scientist. She was the first African American wo...

443 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Blue Whales: Saving the Giants of the Ocean

Students will read a passage about blue whales and threats they face in their ocean environment. They will then answer question...

396 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Compare and Contrast, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Tricoteuses: Knitting During the Reign of Terror

Students will read a passage about the tricoteuses, the knitting women who sat near the guillotine during the French Revolution...

676 Words, 10th-12th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Fact and Opinion, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Helen Prepares for College

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter XVIII passage: After overcoming an early chi...

676 Words, 5th-8th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary

Helen Speaks

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter XIII passage: Helen Keller, born 1880, was a...

995 Words, 5th-8th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Main / Central Idea

Helen Goes to School

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter IX passage: After losing her sight and heari...

726 Words, 5th-8th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Character Traits, Main / Central Idea

Helen Learns About Love

by Helen Keller from The Story of My Life

Chapter VI passage: While she was born with the abil...

766 Words, 5th-8th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea