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Theme. REVIEW…. The five literary elements found in all fictional literature… Characters : who Setting: where/when Plot: how Conflict: what THEME: WHY! . Theme. A theme is… the author’s central message or idea in a story. expressed in a general statement.

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review
REVIEW…
  • The five literary elements found in all fictional literature…
    • Characters : who
    • Setting: where/when
    • Plot: how
    • Conflict: what
    • THEME: WHY!
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Theme
  • A theme is…
    • the author’s central message or idea in a story.
    • expressed in a general statement.
    • is about human beings or about life.
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A theme is…

A theme is not…

A moral

A lesson

Advice

A “you” statement

Fortune cookie message

One word

A summary

Non-example: “Slow and steady wins the race.”

  • A message or idea
  • Stated in a sentence
  • An author’s observation about human nature.
  • Found in all literary elements of a story: characters, setting, plot, and conflict.
  • Arguable.
  • Implied; not directly stated.
  • Applicable to multiple texts.
  • Example: Hard work results in success.
how to figure out the theme of a fictional story
How to figure out the theme of a fictional story…

Start:

What topics or big ideas does the story deal with?

End:

Put it into a THEME statement!

What is the author saying about one of these topics?

still having trouble think about
Still having trouble? Think about…
  • Symbols that reoccur
  • Patterns in the story
  • Details that stand out from the rest
  • The title
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