Ch 11: Literary Themes & Main Ideas

About This Chapter

Use our video lessons and quizzes to learn about themes and main ideas. Discover the process of analyzing a text for themes and main ideas, and find out how to identify problems and solutions in reading passages.

Themes and Main Ideas - Chapter Summary

Developing critical reading skills can be helpful in academics, test-taking, and other areas of life. The theme or main idea of a text is at the core of the author's purpose for writing a selection. With the lessons in the chapter, instructors will show you how to read critically and uncover the themes and central ideas in a text.

Finding the theme or main idea of a text is all about the details. Performing a critical reading of a text can help you put details together as clues to the theme or main idea. The lessons in this chapter will highlight the following skills:

  • Finding the theme in a text
  • Using supporting details to help explain the central idea
  • Understanding universal themes
  • Recognizing the problem and solution in a passage
  • Examining the sequence of events
  • Investigating cause and effect
  • Finding specific details in a text

In these video lessons, you'll be taught by professional instructors who share their expertise with you. Most lessons are less than eight minutes long, and the style of instruction will help you connect to the material and remember what you learn. Lessons are also transcribed, so you can read along as you watch the video, or you can use the transcription as built-in notes. After you watch a video, you can take a brief quiz over the lesson's most important concepts to make sure you've achieved your goals.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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