Here's another great activity to help students master main idea. Learn about some of the greatest scientists in human history while reviewing main idea. Read the passages, identify the main idea, and create appropriate titles for each passage. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 7-11.
Based on the readability scores for this text, Main Idea Worksheet 5 is recommended for students reading at grade levels 7 - 11. This text should be accessible to any student reading at a 7th grade reading level or higher.
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Main Idea Common Core State Standards
Main Idea Anchor Standard
R.2 - Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
RL/RI.K.2 - With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. RL/RI.1.2 - Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. RL/RI.2.2 - Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text. RL/RI.3.2 - Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea. RL/RI.4.2 - Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text. RL/RI.5.2 - Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text. RL/RI.6.2 - Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas. RL/RI.7.2 - Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas. RL/RI.8.2 - Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept. RL/RI.9-10.2 - Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter). RL/RI.11-12.2 - Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.