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Getting the Main Idea

This 40-passage set of graded comprehension fiction and non-fiction passages will help your students understand the main point of texts. Housed in the Axis Hands On trademark tin, you’ll find these ridiculously practical cards come in order of increasing difficulty and cover reading levels Entry Level 1 to Level 1 (reading ages 6-14). Complete with instructions, teaching tips and answer card.

Explicit teaching of comprehension strategies will improve your students’ reading comprehension skills. Being able to summarise a text involves extracting the gist and main theme of what is being read. The passages and questions in this set of cards will help to scaffold your students’ skills in summarising text.

The front of each card contains a title and an introductory sentence – so you can start by asking students to predict what the text may be about. The passage is on page two with questions facing on page 3. This allows your student to scan the passage to answer the questions, rather than needing to flip a card over. The questions are all multiple-choice – the student has to choose the single best answer from the content of the passage.

Here’s an example of what to expect from an Level 3 card (reading age 10.3):


Use the title and introductory sentence to discuss what the text may be about.



Passage on the left. Multiple-choice answers on the right.

Printed on card, as a multisensory alternative to book format, the cards open up to measure 300mm x 100mm.

The clear typeface is 11 point size. Students say the neat presentation makes Comps feel ‘grown-up’ compared to more typical SEN materials.

View the full Hands On Comps range here >>

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