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Transcript of Theme
is the underlying message in a story or poem.
What is Theme?
Questions to Consider..
How does the character(s) change throughout the story?
What happened to the Lorax in the story?
Sometimes the author specifically states the theme in their story, but not always.
By: Miss Modlin
is essentially the "big idea" or general life lesson that you gather from what you read.
More often, the author
specifically state the theme in their story. We have to INFER the theme for ourselves!
What does he or she learn?
What message is the author trying to send to readers?
What did the Once-Ler do?
What did the author want readers to learn from this story?
So the theme is...?
We should all care about our environment and the beautiful nature around us because once it is gone, it cannot be undone.
Another possible theme would be..
Greed can lead people to do destructive and harmful things.
Money Mark was born rich. He never had to work a day in his life and he got everything handed to him on a silver platter. When he was six, Money Mark wanted to go to a basketball game. His father paid the starting five of the Bulls and Celtics to play a private game of Nerf-ball in Money Mark's bedroom. When Money Mark turned thirteen, he wanted to start a band. His father hired the Rolling Stones to play with him every Saturday at the family's private concert hall, though his family was never there. By the time he was twenty-one, Money Mark was bored with life. He was surrounded by a bunch of possessions that he didn't appreciate and Money Mark could find nothing new or exciting in his life. Despite his vast wealth, Money Mark never found happiness. Penny Petal was born poor. Her family hardly had anything to eat, but they loved each other. Penny Petal appreciated every thing she got. When she was six, her father walked her around the United Center before the Bulls played the Celtics. She was excited by the crazy fans and feeling in the air. She looked forward to the day that she could see a real game. When she was thirteen, she learned to play the buckets. She was an extremely talented musician, a natural percussionist, and everyone on the block loved the rhythms that poured from her palms. By the time she was twenty-one, Penny was a successful businesswoman. Now she had everything that she had ever dreamed of and she truly loved to share her wealth and happiness with her family who supported her through all of the hard times.
Read the following passage..
What is the theme from the text?
Money doesn't buy happiness!
How do we know?
-Money Mark was unhappy despite all the wealth he had
-Petal Penny was happy despite her lack of money
Now its your turn to try it!
If you have any questions, please ask!