What is the main point of the excerpt?
The central idea of an excerpt is the main idea. So, for this document, we know that Coloured people have lived and increased our number in this country for over 200 years now, but the future for them is still uncertain because some white people continue to try and claim this land is not for them.
The central idea is the main message or point that the author is trying to convey. The heart of the text, the big picture, ties together the more minor details and supports the author’s overall purpose for writing.
Now, we have an excerpt in our hands, and you have been asked to identify the central idea of the excerpt. But don’t worry; we are going to be doing this together. And we will show you just how to identify the central idea of any text. So, keep reading.