Category Archives: Central Theme

What’s the Big Idea?


The big idea is this!  We are learning how to determine central ideas or themes of a text and summarize the key supporting details and ideas.  Over the weekend, you will continue to practice and apply your knowledge of theme.  

To begin, review this Theme PowerPoint to learn about Big Ideas, what theme is and is not, and how to evaluate theme.

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Then, watch this Theme Tutorial to increase and solidify your understanding of theme.

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Now, it is your turn to create a story and determine its theme.  Click on Creating a Theme Practice to try it out.  Fun!!!

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After viewing these tutorials, practice what you’ve learned with this Theme Worksheet.  You may check your answers here to see if you are on the right track.

Finally, you are ready to apply your knowledge of theme and supporting details with your daily reading!

Your mission over the weekend: Write a Response to Literature paragraph about the central theme of your book.

10 Steps:

  1. Choose a fabulous AR chapter book.
  2. Read for a minimum of 35 minutes daily.
  3. As you read, think about the “Big Ideas” or themes in your book.
  4. Make a List of Themes that appear in your book.
  5. Choose one central theme.
  6. Write notes on the details that support this central theme.
  7. Review how to write a Response to Literature paragraph.
  8. Write a Response to Literature paragraph on the book’s central theme.
  9. Evaluate your writing by completing the Central Theme Writing Rubric.
  10. Submit your paragraph on Monday, January 13, 2014. :)

Here are a few more tools to help you:

Sweet themes, sixth-grade scholars!

Ms. Rankin