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Theme and central/main idea - 7 lab Unit 3 -. What is central/main idea? After you read a book or see a movie, do you ever tell someone else what it is.

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1 Theme and central/main idea - 7 lab Unit 3 -

2 What is central/main idea? After you read a book or see a movie, do you ever tell someone else what it is about? When you do this, you state the main idea. The main idea is what something is mostly about.

3 Main idea/central idea Main idea = central idea Main ideas are typically found in a literary passage. Central ideas are found in an informational text. Use the WIN strategy to help determine the central/main idea: WHO/WHAT - Figure out the most important who or what INFORMATION - Figure out the most important information about the who or what NUMBER OF WORDS - Write the main idea using the fewest possible number of words

4 Theme The theme is the lesson or message that the writer wants to get across in his or her story. Usually theme is a statement about life or the way the world works. People apply these lessons or ideas to their own lives.

5 How do I find theme? To find the theme, ask yourself, What lesson did the main character in the story learn or fail to learn? Other questions to ask yourself:  What is the moral of the story?  What lesson is the author trying to teach?  Which idea in the story can relate to everyday life?

6 How are the theme and central idea developed throughout the text? Through characters’ actions Through key plot details Through the conflict

7 Common themes The more you read, the more you will notice that some themes are used again and again. Here are some common themes:  Too much pride can destroy a person  Crime does not pay  Treat others the way you want to be treated  Going through hard times can make a person stronger  Love conquers all

8 Now you try Identify theme and strategies of finding theme within a story. Identify central idea and main idea What are similarities and differences between the two? What strategy do I want to use to find central/main idea? How are theme, main idea, and central idea are developed in a text (hint: think of point of view)


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