READING: LITERATURE

Key Ideas and Details

  1. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
1.1 Key Ideas and Details
Lesson B

Determine Theme

The theme is the central idea, or message, that the author wants to tell readers. Every story that you read has a theme. It may be stated or unstated. Details within the story provide clues to the theme. In particular, these clues include how a character responds to challenges or how a speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic.

Click the link below to see an example of determining theme within a fictional story.