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Copy of Identifying Theme

Learning how to identify theme in a story.
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Sandra T

on 24 May 2017

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Understanding and Identifying THEME
Definition:
Things to Consider:
It is the
underlying meaning
of a text. It is a
lesson or observation about life and human nature
that the writer shares with the reader. The theme is always about some
universal human experience
(something in life that all people will one day encounter).
**Theme doesn’t just apply to these characters or this book. It’s more abstract than that. It’s an idea that applies
to you, me, everyone
.

**Theme can be broken down into two parts: a
theme topic
, and a
theme message
about that topic.
example:
Love = theme topic
Everyone has the capacity to love. = theme message
Things to Look For When Finding the Theme:
Theme topics:
*
universal human experiences
(things that
most people will sometime experience)
*
big ideas about life

Theme messages:
*
stated as a sentence
*
may be a lesson or moral
*
may be an observance about life or human nature
Extras to Think About:
Examples:
In fiction, you extract theme from the characters, action, and setting that make up the story. In other words, you must figure out the theme yourself by "reading between the lines."

1. Look for changes in the main character(s):

2. Watch for clear/explicit statement of theme:

3. Examine the title:

4. Look at the conflict:
Theme Topic:

Friendship


Courage


Belief in self
THE ME
ssage:

Friends are there for each other no matter what.

Courageous acts can change one's life.

You can accomplish great things if you believe in yourself.
Let's Practice
In "Halibut Jackson" the author explores the following theme topics:
individuality
belief in self
overcoming fears
What is
the me
ssage related to each of these topics?
Now Try it on your own!
kindness
Theme message:
Sharing
working together
When people_____________________, everyone benefits.
Theme message:
Love
Reactions
Assumptions
When you ________________________,
it can lead to ______________________.
Theme message:
Unintentional mistakes can lead to______________.
Innovation
Creative thought
making mistakes
So, What's
the me
ssage?
This is universal. It could apply to anyone.
Love is universal. All people experience this at some point in their lives.
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