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Main Idea Practice, Worksheets and Strategy

If you need help finding the main idea for a reading comprehension question, then get some tips and practice right here. The main idea worksheets come complete with PDFs for easy substitute lesson plans or testing on the go.

Reading for the Main Idea
Need to know how to find the main idea? Check out the information here. You'll see ways to see implied and stated main ideas along with the 3 common mistakes people make when searching for this elusive concept.

How to Avoid Common Main Idea Mistakes
These three tips will help you avoid making those main idea mistakes on your next reading test, because (let's face it) finding the main idea of a passage is tricky!

How to Find the Stated Main Idea
Finding the stated main idea isn't always as easy as it looks. Language can be confusing, and words can trip you up. If you use this method for finding the stated main idea, you'll have an easier time when it comes to the reading comprehension section of your test!

How to Find the Implied Main Idea
Sometimes finding the main idea is tough because it's an implied main idea - we have to infer the point the author is trying to make. Here are the 4 steps to finding the implied main idea, which should help you on any reading comprehension section.

Main Idea Worksheets
Teachers and students: here are main idea worksheets free for your use! Printable PDFs are included! These are suitable for upper middle school, high school and above.

Main Idea Worksheet 1
If you're looking for a worksheet to help you determine the main idea of a paragraph, then this main idea worksheet will help! It's suitable for upper middle school, high school and above.

Finding the Main Idea Worksheet 2
Students of all ages are required to be proficient at finding the main idea of paragraphs from every literary genre. You'll be finding the main idea of paragraphs on every test from state-wide multiple-choice exams all the way up to the MCAT. Here is some practice for you! Printable PDFs: If you haven't the foggiest notion of how to find...

Answers for Main Idea Worksheets 1
Here, you'll find the answers to the main idea worksheet 1.

Finding the Main Idea Answers 2
Finding the Main Idea Answers 2

Finding the Main Idea 2
Finding the Main Idea 2

Finding the Main Idea Answers 2
Here are the answers for my Finding the Main Idea Worksheet 2 Activity. Use it in your high school classroom as an easy last-minute lesson plan.

Main Idea Worksheet 3
This is worksheet 3 of my main idea worksheets series. Here, you'll find five paragraphs of diverse content with one main idea test question following each. You or your students if you're a teacher, will need to select the best answer from the four answer choices following the main idea question.

Main Idea Worksheet 3 Answer Key
Here, you'll find the answer key to the main idea worksheet 3, which is where you read several paragraphs of various content and answered questions following each paragraph.

Main Idea Worksheet 4 Answer Key
Here is the answer key to the main idea worksheet 4, where you read several paragraphs of diverse content and answered multiple choice questions following. Did you get the answers correct? Check here!

Main Idea Worksheet 4
Here is worksheet 4 of my main idea questions series. Here, you'll find five paragraphs of diverse content with main idea questions following each. You or your students if you're a teacher, will need to select the best answer from the four answer choices following the main idea question. They are similar to what you'd find on the reading...

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