Common Core: 2nd Grade English Language Arts : Identify the Main Topic: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.2

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Example Question #1 : Reading: Informational Text

The Game of Soccer

The History

The game of soccer started a very long time ago in another country, England. They named the sport of soccer, “football.” They called this game “football” because the players played the game on and with their feet. In America, we call the sport “soccer.” Although they may call it by different names, many people play the game of soccer all around the world.

The Teams

A soccer game has two teams. Each team has eleven players on the field at a time. One of those players is called the “goalie.” The goalie’s job is to stop the ball from going into the goal. The goalie is the only player that is able to touch the ball with his hands during a soccer game.

The Game

Most soccer games last 90 minutes and there is only one break in the middle of the game. During a soccer game, each team tries to kick the ball into the opposite team’s goal. Unlike many other sports, soccer games can end in a tie, meaning there might not be a winner or a loser after each game because each team has the same score.

What is the main topic of the last paragraph?

Possible Answers:

To inform the reader on the game of soccer

To inform the reader on the history of soccer

To tell a story about a specific soccer game

To tell a story about different spots

Correct answer:

To inform the reader on the game of soccer


The section of the last paragraph is "The Game". This gives you a clue that the answer is going to describe the game of soccer. In the last paragraph, the writer gives the reader details about a soccer game. Therefore, the best answer is "To inform the reader on the game of soccer".

Example Question #5 : Reading: Informational Text

Text 1:

During the year, the weather has four seasons: summer, fall, winter, and spring. Each season can bring very different weather. When the weather changes, people have to make some changes too.

In the summer, the weather is normally very warm. There are green leaves on the trees and bright colored flowers blooming in gardens. To stay cool, people normally wear lightweight clothes in the summer.

The fall brings a change in the leaves and temperature. Tree leaves begin to turn from green to bright orange, yellow, and red. The temperature will begin to get cooler during the fall. People often put away their summer shorts and start wearing jeans in the fall.

Winter is a time for snow! The very cold temperatures of winter bring the snowflakes. The cold temperature also means that many plants won’t grow and trees are left with no leaves, just bare branches. In the winter many people wear thick winter coats, hats, and gloves to try to keep themselves warm.

In the spring the weather is still warm, but most places get a lot of rain in the spring. All of the rain helps the flowers start to grow. Because of the rain, it’s always smart to have a rain jacket and an umbrella in the spring.

Text 2:

Growing up, the four seasons can create a timeline for the year. As a new season starts, there is a new time in the year to look forward to.

Fall means the start of school and school sports! The temperatures start to get cool in the fall, but that’s perfect weather for school events like football and soccer games.

Though winter can bring very cold temperatures, it can also bring snow days! Some places can get a lot of snow, which sometimes means they have to miss some days of school in the winter. This means that instead of going to school, kids get to make snowmen and play outside.

When spring comes along the temperatures get warmer and melt the winter’s snow, but spring also means that school is coming to an end for the year. Teachers are busy trying to plan end of the year activities, and students can’t wait for summer break to begin!

When summer finally arrives, the temperatures are very warm and many kids spend afternoons playing at the pool. Long summer nights are spent catching fire flies in the backyard, or playing flashlight tag.

As the summer comes to end, back to school shopping begins. School supplies are picked out, and kids look forward to starting a new school year.

What was the main topic of both texts? 

Possible Answers:

The time of the school year based on the season 

The sports plated based on the season  

The four seasons

The clothing to wear based on the season

Correct answer:

The four seasons


Both texts are about the four seasons. Text 1 talks about the clothing that people wear during a certain season, but that is not talked about in Text 2. Text 2 talks about the school year, but that is not talked about in Text 1. Text 2 also mentions sports in the fall, but Text 1 does not mention sports. 

The correct answer is "The four seasons". 

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