READING: LITERATURE

Key Ideas and Details

  1. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
1.1 Key Ideas and Details
Lesson B

Determine Theme/Central Idea

The theme or the central idea of a story is the message that the author wants to tell readers. Every story that you read has a theme. It may be stated or unstated. Particular details within the story provide clues to the theme.

Click the Model button to learn how to determine theme in a fictional story.