This module is for Grades: 6-8 Welcome

When demonstrating your understanding of science text, it is essential that you are able to determine the central idea and then prove your understanding by citing explicit textual evidence.  Furthermore, when you construct a summary, you must build your understanding on the most important, relevant evidence from the text, not your personal opinions or prior knowledge.

Module Objectives

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

  • Determine the central ideas of a science text by examining key details.
  • Provide an accurate summary of a text using evidence from the text.
  • Cite textual evidence to support analysis of text.
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Focus Standards

RST.6-8.1 - Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

RST.6-8.2 - Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


  • Central Idea and Evidence