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Copy of Identifying Theme
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Things to Consider:
It is the
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
, and a
about that topic.
Love = theme topic
Everyone has the capacity to love. = theme message
Things to Look For When Finding the Theme:
universal human experiences
most people will sometime experience)
big ideas about life
stated as a sentence
may be a lesson or moral
may be an observance about life or human nature
Extras to Think About:
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:
Belief in self
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.
In "Halibut Jackson" the author explores the following theme topics:
belief in self
ssage related to each of these topics?
Now Try it on your own!
When people_____________________, everyone benefits.
When you ________________________,
it can lead to ______________________.
Unintentional mistakes can lead to______________.
This is universal. It could apply to anyone.
Love is universal. All people experience this at some point in their lives.