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What is Theme?

Definition and examples of theme. Designed to help middle school students understand.
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Chanel Rodriguez

on 20 April 2011

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Transcript of What is Theme?

Theme The Search for Meaning When you hear the word theme,
what do you think? Do you think of theme parks? Why are they called theme parks? Maybe you think of a party with a luau theme But what about in literature? What is a theme in literature? A Life lesson, meaning, moral, or message about life or human nature that is communicated by a literary work In other words...
Theme is what the story teaches readers. A theme is not a word, it is a sentence.
You don't have to agree with the theme to identify it. Money can't buy happiness Don't judge people based on the surface History repeats itself. What is the theme? Jenny Puchovier was so excited. She had a pack of Starburst in her lunch and she had been looking forward to eating them all morning. Lunch finally came and Jenny sat down to eat her Starbursts when her friend Yudy sat next to her. Jenny liked the pink ones best, but she through Yudy was funny and Jenny wanted Yudy to like her, so Jenny gave YHudy all of her pink Starbursts. Before Jenny was done giving Yudy the pink ones, Carrie sat on the other side of Jenny.

"Let me get the red and the orange ones, Jenny. Remember when I gave you that Snickers?"

Jenny didn't want to remember that, though she did remember when Carrie ate a whole Snickers in front of her, but Jenny thought Carrie was cool, so she gave her the read and the orange Starbursts. Now that she only had the yellow ones, Jenny wasn't so excited about eating Starbursts anymore. Are you having trouble? Themes are not explicit (clearly stated) Themes are implied...you have to come up with the wording on your own based on the evidence. Themes are bigger than the story.
They apply to the real world. The theme is NOT "Yellow Starbursts taste bad"
"Yudy and Carrie are bad friends"
Think BIGGER The theme is
You can't "buy" friendship Let's try some more Once there was a mean little boy who lived in a small village. This mean little boy loved to mess with people, so one day he ran up to a sheep herder and shouted, "WOLF WOLF A wolf is attacking the town."

The sheep herder grabbed his staff and ran to defend the town, but realized he had been fooled when the boy started pointing and laughing at him. "Ha. I made you jump," said the little boy.

The next day the boy ran up to a farmer and shouted, "Wolf. Wolf. A wolf is attacking the town."

The farmer grabbed his pictch fork and ran to defend the town, but when the boy started pointing and laughing at him, he realized he had been tricked.

As the boy went back to his family's farm laughing about the funny trick he played, he saw a real wolf in his father's chicken coop. As the wolf ate all of his father's chickens, the boy screamed over and over again, "Wolf. Wolf. Please help us." But nobody came to help him. Don't lie, for people will not trust you when you need help. In his sophomore year of high school, Michael Jordan tried out for the varsity basketball team at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. But at five feet and eleven inches tall, the coach believed that Jordan was too short to play at that level, so Jordan was cut from the team. Jordan didn't let this obstacle defeat him. In fact, it pushed him to work even harder. He trained vigorously and grew another four inches the following summer. When he fainlly made the varsity squad, Jordan averaged 25 points a game and went on to become one of the greatest basketball palyers in history. Don't let obstacles stand in your way. If you work hard, you can achieve your dreams. Katie Clean invited Messy Missy to her house to work on their biology project, but Katie Clean had no idea what a visit from Messy Missy entailed. First of all, it was raining and Messy Missy neither bother to take her boots off nor thourougly wiped them on the doormat. Then Messy Missy ate a bag of hot chips on Katie Clean's white bedspread. Katie Clean tried to be polite and ignore Messy Missy's sloppy behavior, but then Messy Missy threw her chip wrapper on the floor. Offended, Katie Clean pretended that she was sick and asked Messy Missy to leave. The next day Katie Clean asked the teacher if she could work by herself. After explaining her situation, the teacher allowed Katie to work alone. Messy Missy would have finished the assigment by herself, but she spilled grade soda all over it. Respect other people's belongings
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