The definition of Theme is often abridged to “the main idea.” However, Theme is more involved than that. Essentially, a theme is the author’s message–what the author wants to tell his/her readers about people in general. Themes can be supported by many of the story’s components, particularly the characters’ words, actions, and conflicts.
Initial response: One of the best ways to analyze theme is to look at it through children’s literature. For this response, think of a children’s story/book and analyze what the theme is. What is the author trying to tell children about life? About people?
- What story are you choosing? If you can find a link to the book or story, please post this.
- Provide a brief summary of the story (be careful about cutting and pasting. Please use your own words)
- What do you feel is the theme of this story and WHY?
- Be sure to include text examples with your response
- End your response by asking a question of your classmates