In a few words, what is the main idea of a theme?
Themes are the main message or lesson that an author is trying to convey in a story or poem. The main idea is the overall point the author is trying to make with the story or poem. To find the theme or main idea, look for clues in the characters and plot.
Identifying Themes and Main Ideas
Theme: the main idea that a story conveys about a topic or issue Main Idea: the most important thought or point that the author is trying to communicate Plot: the sequence of events in a story that lead to the resolution of a conflict
What do you think is the main idea behind the theme of friendship?
- You should always have someone to rely on.
- Friendship is about understanding each other.
- Friendship is about having fun together.
- Friendship is about helping each other.
- Friendship is about trust.
The theme of a story is the main idea or message the author wants the reader to take away from the story. Many themes are repeated throughout literature, such as ‘good vs. evil’, ‘love conquers all’ and ‘power of friendship’. The theme of a story can be expressed not only in words but also through symbols and imagery.
Did you know?
What is the theme of the story we read today?
What is the main idea of the story?
How did the theme of the story help you understand the main idea?
What connections can you make between the theme and main idea of the story and your own life?