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Central Idea vs. Theme

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Allison Ludwig

on 8 February 2015

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Transcript of Central Idea vs. Theme

Theme vs. Main Idea
To find the main idea, ask yourself two questions...
Who or what is the story/essay/poem about? (TOPIC)
The Main Idea is.....
What the story/essay/poem is about
To find the theme, ask yourself two questions...
What did the characters learn?

How did the characters grow or change?
What is the author's point about the topic?
The Theme is....
The overall message the author wants to convey
A universal truth, moral, or idea
Comes from the characters and
the plot of a story
Main Idea
The lesson the readers should learn

Not stated directly
A story can have both a theme and a main idea
Tells what the story is about

Can be clearly stated as a sentence
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