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Theme and central/main idea. - 7 lab Unit 3 - . 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?. Main idea = central idea

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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?
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 informationabout the  who or what

NUMBER OF WORDS - Write the main idea using the fewest possible number of words

Main idea/central idea
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.

Theme
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?
How do I find theme?
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
Common themes
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)

Now you try