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Theme vs. Moral

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Danielle Kulawiak

on 21 October 2015

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Transcript of Theme vs. Moral

EQ: What is the difference between the theme and the moral of a story?
Theme & Moral
By the end of this lesson, you will (hopefully) have a better understanding of the difference between theme & moral.
Is revealed over the course of the story
Can be major or minor
Is often revealed through the characters in the story
Is stated in a short phrase (typically, 1-3 words)
Makes you think
a topic, but doesn't necessarily tell you
to think.

The moral of the story (or film/play/show/poem/what have you) is the lesson or principle revealed by the story.
Sums up the book’s message in a word or two
Can be revealed through motifs or symbols and words
Usually implied
Big Idea
Universal Truth
Often Abstract
Common Themes
in Literature
Conformity v. Rebellion
Loss of Innocence
Will to Survive
Appearance v. Reality

Are found at the end of a story
Are sometimes stated explicitly
Can be stated in a sentence
Are much more specific and (often) less universal than a theme.
Tell you what to think about the theme.

Examples of Morals
• Slow and steady wins the race.
• Be happy with what you have.
• Think twice before you act.
• Clothes do not make the man.
• Don't judge a book by its cover.
• Always be prepared.
• Pride goes before a fall.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Usually appears at the end of a story
Can be a sentence
Often stated directly
Example 1:
Example 2:
Watch this short film, then identify the theme.
Provide 2-3 details to support your answers.
Example 3
Identify the theme of this short film.
Provide 2-3 details to support your response.

Identify the theme of this short film.
Provide 2-3 details to support your response.
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