Main Idea Worksheets

The main idea, also called the central idea or main point, is the primary concept of a passage. It represents the essential point that the author is trying to convey. The main idea may be clearly stated as a sentence. The main idea is usually reinforced by a series of other points or details which support the premise of the main idea. These are called supporting ideas and may also be stated or implied. Please use any of the printable main idea worksheets below in your classroom or at home. Just click on the worksheet title to view details about the PDF and print or download to your computer.

Find the Main Idea: Black Beauty

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After reading a passage from “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell, students write the main idea and two supporting ideas.

Find the Main Idea: Call of the Wild

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After reading a passage from “Call of the Wild” by Jack London, students write the main idea and two supporting ideas.

Find the Main Idea: Dolphins

Main Idea Worksheet - Dolphin Reading Passage Activity

Students read about the dolphins and write the main idea and two supporting ideas on the lines provided.

Find the Main Idea: Little Women

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Students read a passage from Louisa May Alcott’s book, Little Women, and write the main idea and two supporting ideas.

Find the Main Idea: Planets

Main Idea Worksheet - Planets Reading Passage Activity

Students read a passage about planets and then write the main idea and supporting ideas.

Find the Main Idea: The Jungle Book

Main Idea Worksheet - The Jungle Book Reading Passage Activity

Students read a passage from Rudyard Kipling’s book, The Jungle Book, and write the main idea in the large oval and two supporting ideas in the small, linked ovals.

Find the Main Idea: The Magna Carta

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Students read a few paragraphs about the Magna Carta and write the main idea and two supporting ideas on the lines provided.

Find the Main Idea: The Meerkat

Main Idea Worksheet - Meerkat Reading Passage Activity

Students read about the fascinating Meerkat and write down the main idea and supporting ideas.