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What is theme? . The theme is a message or a lesson that the author wants to share. There can be more than 1 theme!. Theme vs plot. The theme of the book is different from the plot. Plot is what the characters do Theme is the lesson or moral underlying the plot. Theme goes with the subject.

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what is theme

What is theme?

The theme is a message or a lesson that the author wants to share.

There can be more than 1 theme!

theme vs plot
Theme vs plot
  • The theme of the book is different from the plot.
  • Plot is what the characters do
  • Theme is the lesson or moral underlying the plot.
theme goes with the subject
Theme goes with the subject
  • Subject is what the piece is about. We can usually tell what the subject is with 1 word.
    • For example: Romeo and Juliet is about ________________
  • Theme:What does the novel say about the subject? This is a complete sentence.
theme must go beyond the book
Theme must go beyond the book
  • Themes teach us lessons about life.
  • They do not just teach things about the characters in the book.
    • For example: Beauty and the Beast

Belle learns that true beauty comes from within

    • How do we know? She gives the beast a chance even though he is ugly and a monster.
how do i find the theme
How do I find the theme?
  • Decide what the conflict of the story is.
  • What did the character learn from the conflict being resolved?
  • Form the answer into a sentence about a life lesson.
rules for themes
Rules for Themes
  • The theme cannot be a command or a question
  • The theme cannot contain character names or events from the story.
  • The theme SHOULD be written in third person.
  • There must be evidence to back up the theme of a story. (be able to support your idea)
let s try this example
Let’s try this example:
  • YouTube - Dr. Seuss - The Zax
  • What is the conflict?
  • What did the character learn from the resolution?
  • What is the theme of the story?
one more watch the video what is the theme
One more: Watch the video What is the theme?

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Discuss the questions with your neighbor.

  • What is the conflict?
  • What did the character learn from the resolution?
  • What is the theme of the story?