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.What is central/main idea?
3 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 whatINFORMATION - Figure out the most important information about the who or whatNUMBER OF WORDS - Write the main idea using the fewest possible number of wordsMain idea/central idea
4 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.Theme
5 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?How do I find theme?
6 How are the theme and central idea developed throughout the text? Through characters’ actionsThrough key plot detailsThrough the conflictHow are the theme and central idea developed throughout the text?
7 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 personCrime does not payTreat others the way you want to be treatedGoing through hard times can make a person strongerLove conquers allCommon themes
8 Identify theme and strategies of finding theme within a story 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)Now you try
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