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Ch 1: Finding the Main Idea of Reading Passages

About This Chapter

This online chapter makes it easy to understand how to find the main idea of a reading passage. Explore entertaining lessons and take short quizzes to improve your comprehension of this subject and enhance your ability to excel on an upcoming certification exam.

Finding the Main Idea of Reading Passages - Chapter Summary

If you are looking for an informative resource that can help you review the steps to find the main idea of reading passages, you've reached the right place! This chapter is filled with easy-to-understand lessons that closely examine ways to improve reading comprehension, explain the main point of a passage and more. Once you've completed these lessons, you will be able to:

  • Find the central idea or theme
  • Understand essays and strengthen reading comprehension
  • Explain the main point through supporting details
  • Define and share examples of an implied main idea
  • Share strategies and examples of ways to find evidence in a reading passage

Enjoy the ability to tailor your review of this chapter to your unique schedule and study needs. View the lessons in your sequence of choice, and visit them as often as you'd like. Before, during or after studying a lesson, feel free to test your knowledge of its contents by taking its multiple-choice quiz. If you want to gauge your knowledge of the entire chapter, be sure to take the comprehensive practice exam.

5 Lessons in Chapter 1: Finding the Main Idea of Reading Passages
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How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

1. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

2. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

3. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.

Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

4. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!

Finding Evidence in a Reading Passage: Strategies & Examples

5. Finding Evidence in a Reading Passage: Strategies & Examples

In this lesson, we will discuss a few strategies for finding evidence in a reading passage. It is important to find evidence in reading passages for the purpose of answering question prompts and supporting a claim.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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