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6th Grade THEME
Transcript of 6th Grade THEME
The author usually doesn't just tell you the theme.
Most often, the reader has to think about all the elements of the work and use them to make an
, or educated guess, about what the theme is.
The theme must be the story’s
Hints for figuring out theme:
Think about the title. What does it suggest about the overall message or theme of the selection?
Look at the characters, especially the PROTAGONIST. How do they change?
Look at how the conflict is resolved.
Now you try:
A Lesson in Kindness
Nathan was standing in line at the supermarket. He was watching the checkout clerk who looked tired and grumpy. A woman who was in a real hurry asked if she could get in front of him. She only had a few items in her basket. Nathan was not in a very good mood himself. He did not want to be there any longer than he had to, but he felt sorry for the woman. He smiled at her and let her go in front of him. She was very grateful and returned his smile. She smiled at the checkout clerk and he offered to help bag the groceries for her. By the time Nathan got to the clerk, she was laughing and having a good time. Nathan’s mood had changed, too.
What’s a possible theme?
Where can we look first? Yes! The Title.
Now where? Yes! The characters.
Now where? Yes! The story. What has happened?
Now, using this theme formula, write a theme for The Sneetches.
List what details in the story led you to this theme.
Another example: What's the theme in this clip?
Use the formula!
Write a theme statement for "A Lesson in Kindness" using the theme formula.
What is theme?
How do we identify and analyze the theme of a story?
Why is learning to analyze and identify the theme important?
– The sense that what one reads is "real," or at least realistic and believable.
•Verisimilitude is achieved by a writer or storyteller when
he presents striking details which lend an air of authenticity to a tale
•For instance, the reader possesses a sense of verisimilitude when reading a story in which a character cuts his finger, and the finger bleeds. If the character's cut finger had produced sparks of fire rather than blood, the story would not possess verisimilitude.
•Note that even fantasy novels and science fiction stories that discuss impossible events can have verisimilitude if the reader is able to read them with
in your themes!
Theme is the meaning, or message of a literary work. There can be many themes in a story. The theme is not the same as the subject or a summary of the action.
Theme: What the story means (must be a full sentence to explain)
Growing up means taking responsibility.
Nature can be beautiful but deadly.
A Teacher asks three students to state the theme of the “Three Little Pigs”
Student 1 says, “There are three little pigs. Each builds a house. A wolf blows two houses down.” Is that a theme?
No, that’s a plot.
Student 2 says, “There are three pigs. One is really lazy, one is a little lazy, and the other isn’t lazy at all.” Is that a theme?
No, that is a description of the characters.
Student 3 says, “Doing things the easy way often isn’t the best way. Is that a theme?
Yes! It explains a truth about life.
In the story Beauty and the Beast, a theme might be “beauty comes from within a person.”
Write down the characters actions/feelings
The main character, the Moose, has a “hang-up” that he decided to make public…he wants to run the ball.
Step 2) Determine the characters traits from the characters actions/feelings.
Jealous, Determined, Stubborn
Step 3 ) What lesson is learned by the character or reader? (This must be written in a complete sentence.)
Certain dreams are not always what them seem.
Step 4) What is the evidence from the text that supports the development of this theme?”
The Moose glanced at the coach, took another deep breath, and said, “Never again.”
Why do we need to learn how to analyze and identify theme?
So we can understand the story’s message as a reader and apply it to life.
Allows you to see a deeper meaning in the story.
Allows you to see the transformation of the character.
Helps you to feel a connection to the character.