Theme, central idea, big idea, main idea..just to name a few
Let's Clarify and Use the Language of the CCLS...
Theme, Summary, Central Idea, Main Idea, Objective Summary...
Anchor Standard 2 (Literary Text):
o Theme- is a broad idea, message, or moral of a story. The message may be about life, society, or human nature. Themes often explore timeless and universal ideas and are almost always implied rather than stated explicitly. A theme is best expressed as a full sentence, rather than as a single word.
o Summary-using few words to give the most important information about something
o Central idea-similar to theme, broad idea or message conveyed in informational text.
Anchor Standard 2 (Informational Text):
o Main Idea- The central purpose or gist of a passage; the primary message expressed by a passage. The main idea of a paragraph may be explicitly stated in a topic sentence. The main idea is the "key concept" being expressed.
o Central Idea- similar to theme, broad idea or message conveyed in informational text.
o Objective Summary- using few words to give the most important information about something which is based on facts rather than feelings or opinions
Places for Support...
Your 6th grade colleagues have an IFL unit that can help!
Grade 6 - IFL Unit - Analysis of Theme: Identity
This task walks students through identifying a topic and moving to a theme statement.
Theme, topic, moral, big idea, lesson...
In Kindergarten through grade 3 students have been talking about morals, big ideas, and lessons...but by grade 4 they need to move to themes.