Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WEDNESDAY- JANUARY 23- 
THEME
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THEME:  The theme of a story is what the author is trying to get you to learn- it is a lesson, a moral, an essential message about life.

A theme is a story’s message. It is what the author of a piece of text wants you to remember most. The theme of a fable is its moral. The theme of a parable is its teaching. The theme of a piece of fiction is its view about life and how people behave.

Many people confuse the theme with the subject of the story, but a theme is more abstract than the subject. The theme of a story is the idea that holds the story together. In essence, a theme is the main idea or some type of lesson or message that the author wants to convey to the reader.  For example, the great novel, Little Women, is about four sisters, but that is the subject of the book. One of the themes is the struggles of young girls maturing into women. A story can have more than one theme. Though themes might be difficult to find, there are some ways to identify them.  

CHALLENGE:  Using the eight identified vocabulary words and the four story-starter plot facts, compose a short story with a theme, which holds the story together.  Post your team story.

Plot Story-Starter
1.  Jonas is frightened when he sees a plane.
2.  Jonas is apprehensive about the month of December.
3.  Lily shares her feeling of anger regarding a boy who visits from a neighboring community and breaks the play area rules. 
4.  The community believes that bad feelings will lead people to make unwise decisions.

VOCABULARY:  beckoning, disposition, distraught, ironic, intrigued, jeering, palpable, wheedle

 
 
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