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Theme, Moral, and Main Idea

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Morgan Silverblatt

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Transcript of Theme, Moral, and Main Idea

Semantics
Today we are going to discuss how the theme is different from the main idea and moral of a novel or story. We are going to identify how to find the theme in a story. Students will learn the definition and difference between the three words. Students will learn how to identify them in a story.
Students will use the novel,
The Giver
, and choose a theme from a passage. They will use evidence from the text to support the theme.
Now that you have had some time to discuss these words with a partner, we are going to go over the definitions. Pay attention to the similarities and differences between the three words
Theme
Theme: the message of the story, gives readers a better understanding of the characters, themes are usually universal (meaning they can be applied to many texts)
Can you think of synonyms for the 3 words??

Theme: ???
Moral: ???
Main Idea: ???
Questions to think about during your discussion:
Do all stories or novels have a moral?

What is the theme of a story?

What's the difference between theme and main idea?
Theme, Moral, and Main Idea
by Morgan Silverblatt

Turn to the person next to you. Try and figure out the difference between theme, moral and main idea.




Moral: a lesson taught by a fable, story or event, lesson to be learned
Main idea
Moral
Moral: lesson taught by a
fable
, a story or an event, lesson to be learned
Main idea
central thought of a paragraph or text

** all stories or fables have a main idea and theme
Theme: the message
Moral: the lesson (only in fables)
Main idea: central idea

Let's look at a fable. Can you identify the moral?
Fable: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Let's read a passage from
The Giver.
Can you identify the theme and main idea. Remember, morals are only in fables.
Main idea: the author was trying to tell them that if you lie a lot, people will stop believing you.
Moral: You should not lie. If a person continues to lie people will not believe them when they tell the truth.
Theme: There is a consequence for every action
Let's Discuss!
Depending on the type of genre (structure) of the text, it will determine if there is a moral or theme. How can you decide if you are looking for a moral or theme??
ELA RL 6.4
ELA RL 6.9
Themes in
The Giver
! Time to write!
"Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference. We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others. "
Passage from Chapter 4
What key words can we highlight?
Who is speaking?
What is the speaker referring to?
What is the theme?
What is the main idea?
Here's the same passage but important words and key phrases are highlighted:
"Our people made that
choice, the choice to go to Sameness.
Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished
color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference.
We
gained control
of many things. But we had to
let go of others. "
What key words can we highlight?
Who is speaking?- The Giver
What is the speaker referring to?- the way the society used to operate
What is the theme?- choice/ lack of choice
What is the main idea?- How the society used to operate.



I will give you 3 passages from
The Giver
and you will choose to read one. You will identify the theme and write a paragraph answering the questions we answered as a class.

ELA 6-8.5
Chapter 20
"Having you here with me over the past year had made me realize that things must change. For years I've felt that they should, but it seemed so hopeless. Now for the first time I think there might be a way," The Giver said slowly.
Chapter 16
Things could change, Gabe," Jonas went on. "Things could be different. I don't know how, but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors. And grandparents," he added.
Chapter 4:
It was against the rules for children or adults to look at another's nakedness; but the rule did not apply to newchildren or the Old… [Jonas] couldn't see why it was necessary. He liked the feeling of safety her in this warm and quiet room; he liked the expression of trust on the woman's face as she lay in the water unprotected, exposed, and free.
ELA RL 6.9
Here are some possible themes that the passage could include:
-freedom/ lack of freedom
-choice
-feelings
- emotion
-coming of age
**Hint- some passages may include more than one theme, but you are only required to identify one
Remember to answer these questions:
What key words can we highlight?
Who is speaking?
What is the speaker referring to?
What is the theme?
What is the main idea?

Once you finish your paragraph you are going to share it with a partner who decided to write about a different passage.


Finally.... Find everyone in the class who chose to write about the same passage. Did you all choose the same theme? Or different ones? How are your paragraphs similar or different?
Morals are only in fables, like the one we saw earlier, "The Boy who Cried Wolf." Themes are universal ideas that can be applied to life experiences and other stories. Can you think of another fable? What is the moral of that fable?
Example: "The Tortoise and the Hare"
Moral: slow and steady wins the race
Now onto theme!
Passages
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