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Whether you're a teacher standing in front of a classroom full of kids, or a student struggling with reading comprehension, chances are good you'll need to become very familiar with finding the main idea of passage of text. Every reading comprehension test, whether it's for school or college admissions (like the SAT, ACT or GRE) will have at least one question related to it! Get those points and learn to actually understand what you read by practicing with these main idea worksheets.

Each of the following main idea worksheets comes complete with two pdf files. The first is a worksheet you can print for distribution in your classroom or personal use; no permissions are required. The second is an answer key.

How to find the main idea

Main Idea Worksheet 1

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Getty Images | Emmanuel Faure
  • Length: 10 short paragraphs (100 – 200 words)
  • Format: Short answer - students must compose the main idea
  • Topics: Shakespeare, immigration, Wordsworth, nature, Right to Life, social movements, Hawthorne, classroom technology, Internet regulation, and the digital divide.

Main Idea Worksheet 2

Carltons
  • Length: 10 short paragraphs (100 – 200 words)
  • Format: Short answer - students must compose the main idea
  • Topics: Rain, physical composition of classrooms, power in China, math, movies, the Troopathon, relationships, educational technology, the Fair Use Act, and mares.

Main Idea Worksheet 3

Thinkstock
  • Length: 5 short paragraphs (100 – 200 words)
  • Format: Multiple Choice - students must select the main idea
  • Topics: The environment, Asperger's Syndrome, North Point school district, students with special needs, and legends.

Main Idea Worksheet 4

Getty Images | Emmanuel Faure
  • Length: 5 short paragraphs (150 – 300 words)
  • Format: Multiple Choice - students must select the main idea
  • Topics: Ancient Sumer

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