This module is for Grades: 6-8 Welcome

Determining the central idea is an important skill for understanding a text and being able to summarize information. In this module, you will learn how to identify the central ideas of a text and use the central ideas to provide an accurate summary.

*Note that this module should be completed after the Central Idea: New Lightbulb Discovered Opens a new window module.

Module Objective

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Determine the central ideas of a text by examining key details.
  • Provide an accurate summary of a text.
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Focus Standard

RST.6-8.2 - Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


  • Central Idea and Summarizing