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Common Themes 5th grade

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Colleen Egan

on 1 October 2012

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Transcript of Common Themes 5th grade

An idea expressed throughout a story. Theme Hero goes on a long, difficult journey. Sometimes the outcome can be the fate of the entire world, ex. "Harry Potter."
The hero may try to help others by going on the journey, like the "Little Engine That Could."
The hero seeks personal gain. Ex. "Wisard of OZ"
The characters may escape from a difficult life. Ex. "James and the Giant Peach."
The Long, Hard Journey May be between good and evil. Ex. "Star Wars" & "Harry Potter"
When two characters fight against each other for the same thing. Ex. "Lord of the Rings" or "The Last Battle"
Great Battle Friendship & Love Honesty & Deception Here are a few more: Now you know the common themes and how to identify them. As you can see, there are many common themes in literature. common themes in literature
Stories about long and difficult journeys teach children the importance of perserverance and willpoer when going after a goal "Shilo" is the story of a young boy who goes to great lengths to save his dog from abuse.
"Charoltte's Web" is a friendship story between a girl and her pig, and the pig and the spider.
When Pinocchio lies, his nose grows. This trait causes him trouble though the story.
In the "Boy Who cried Wolf," the boy lies so often, no one believes him when he is telling the truth.
Deception becomes a tool used by "bad guys" to take advantage of the good. For example, the evil witch in "Hansel and Gretel." I can identify the theme in a story. A lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the lion's nose. Woken from his nap, the lion laid his huge paw angrily on the tiny creature to kill her.

"Spare me!" begged the poor mouse. "Please let me go and some day I will surely repay you."

The lion was so amused at the idea of the little mouse being able to help the King of Beasts, that he lifted up his paw and let her go.

Some weeks later, the lion was caught in a net. Thehunters, who desired to carry the lion alive to their King, tied him to atree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him.

Justthen the little mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the lion's sadplight, went up to him and soon gnawed awaythe ropes of the net, freeing the lion.

"You have helped me and now I have returned the favor. Was I not right - even a mouse can help a lion!"said the little mouse. What is the theme of "The Lion & the Mouse?"
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