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Copy of Copy of Teaching Theme

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How many themes can a text contain?
What is a
Theme?
How do we identify theme?
The Steps to Identify Theme
Theme
is a story's message. It is what the author of a piece of text

wants you to remember most.

The Ant and the Grasshopper

In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. "Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling in that way?" "I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same." "Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew.

A long work may contain more than one theme
Examples of Themes
Coming of Age
The Loss of Innocence
Crime does not pay
Overcoming Adversity (Rudy)

The theme of a fictional text
may not always be this easy.
Readers must be detectives and use clues in the story to determine theme.
Clues in a story
Character actions
Setting
Plot Events
Conflict

Decide what the main topics of the story are. Some topics are:
Friendship
Hope
Courage
Love
Freedom
Family
Growing up
Survival
1. Use the clues in a story
2. Decide what the main topics of the story are.
3. Use the topics and evidence from the text to decide
what important message the author is trying to send.
How do we find it?

The Hare With Many Friends

A Hare was very popular with the other beasts who all claimed to be her friends. But one day she heard the hounds approaching and hoped to escape them by the aid of her many Friends. So, she went to the horse, and asked him to carry her away from the hounds on his back. But he declined, stating that he had important work to do for his master. “He felt sure,” he said, “that all her other friends would come to her assistance.” She then applied to the bull, and hoped that he would repel the hounds with his horns. The bull replied: “I am very sorry, but I have an appointment with a lady; but I feel sure that our friend the goat will do what you want.” The goat, however, feared that his back might do her some harm if he took her upon it. The ram, he felt sure, was the proper friend to apply to. So she went to the ram and told him the case. The ram replied: “Another time, my dear friend. I do not like to interfere on the present occasion, as hounds have been known to eat sheep as well as hares.” The Hare then applied, as a last hope, to the calf, who regretted that he was unable to help her, as he did not like to take the responsibility upon himself, as so many older persons than himself had declined the task. By this time the hounds had caught the Hare, and tore him to shreds.










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