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Slide 1 - Theme
Slide 3 - What is Theme?
- Central idea or underlying message of the text
- Rarely stated in the text
- Must make an inference
- Use the plot, character, and/or setting
Slide 5 - Do not confuse Theme with topic, main idea, or plot!
- Theme is the message we take away from the written piece about people, life, and the world around us.
- Topic is the main idea of the story.
- Plot includes the events in the story.
Slide 6 - Universal Theme
- About life and/or human nature
- Common to people throughout the world
- Provides guidance through life
Slide 7 - How do I find the theme?
- Often the title gives us hint about theme.
- Remember , theme addresses
- the entire piece of writing
- We can state theme in many ways
- Each of us has prior experiences
- We are each unique
Slide 8 - Identifying Theme
- Theme is not the topic, but a lesson you can apply to your life
- For example: family
- You should always put your family before your friends
Slide 9 - Identifying Theme
- You can determine the theme by examining how the character has changed
- A dynamic character develops throughout the story
- What did this character learn through his experiences
Slide 10 - Identifying Theme
- Conflict can help determine the theme
- Conflict Resolution Theme
- Helping to feed the poor
- is beneficial to all involved.
Slide 11 - Is a theme always valid?
- Evaluate the writer’s ideas
- Is the theme realistic? Then it is valid.
- If you put your best foot forward,
- you will usually succeed.
- Is the theme idealistic? Then it is not valid
- Good people never have any problems.