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Theme vs. main idea

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Eric Crum

on 22 January 2016

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Transcript of Theme vs. main idea

Review: What is a Main Idea?
A main idea is the central concept that we learned about last week.

A main idea not only tells us who the story is about, but also is what the story is mostly about. This is a sentence that describes all of the events in a story.
How do You Think Themes and Main Ideas are Different?
Let's Do an Example Together!
Topic: Cinderella

Main Idea: ?

Theme: ?
Cinderella Example
The story is about a servant girl who becomes a princess through the help of magic. This is the
main idea
.

The
theme
(what I take from the story) is that though life may seem tough, someone should never lose their hope.

Other interpretations: perseverance,
dreams come true, true love
Some Ways I Can Express This
A Venn Diagram has two circles. On one side I would write, for example, main idea and on the other side I would write theme. Where these two circles overlap is where the ideas connect with one another.
What is a Theme?
A theme can be described as the
message
of a story.

i.e., happiness, truthfulness, love or friendship are all examples of core values in a text
Theme vs. main idea
Objective: tHE STUDENT WILL FIND AND LABEL THE MAIN IDEA and theme WITH 95% ACCURACY.

A
main idea
is much more specific than a
theme.
A main idea is what the story is about--a condition that cannot be changed. A theme may be opinion-based as long as it is supported in the text.
Theme
Main Idea
Both
Double Bubble Charts
Now, we are going to
transition to group work!
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