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Theme (Grade 7)

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A theme is usually not stated explicitly. Which skill do you need to use to determine what the theme is?
  1. Main Idea
  2. Inferring
  3. Theme
  4. Reading strategies
Theme is the...
  1. central message expressed in a story.
  2. way of life.
  3. highest point of interest in the story.
What does it mean when a theme is recurrent?
  1. The author says the theme over and over again.
  2. The same themes can be found in ancient myths, in short stories, in movies, and even in television shows and from works from many time periods and cultures.
  3. The story moves the reader so much that the theme cannot be mistaken.
  4. None of these.
  5. Both A and C.
What does it mean when the theme is implied?
  1. It is a secret.
  2. You can't figure out the theme by reading the story.
  3. The author tells the reader directly what the theme of the story is.
  4. The reader has to make an inference or educated guess about the theme.
What does it mean when a theme is stated?
  1. You say the theme out loud.
  2. Someone else says the theme out loud.
  3. The author tells the reader directly what the theme of the story is.
  4. All of these.
  5. None of these.
Money Mark was born rich. He never had to work a day in his life and he got everything handed to him on a silver platter. When he was six, Money Mark wanted to go to a basketball game. His father paid the starting five of the Bulls and Celtics to play a private game of Nerf-ball in Money Mark's bedroom. When Money Mark turned thirteen, he wanted to start a band. His father hired the Rolling Stones to play with him every Saturday at the family's private concert hall, though his family was never there. By the time he was twenty-one, Money Mark was bored with life. He was surrounded by a bunch of possessions that he didn't appreciate and Money Mark could find nothing new or exciting in his life. Despite his vast wealth, Money Mark never found happiness.

Penny Petal was born poor. Her family hardly had anything to eat, but they loved each other. Penny Petal appreciated every thing she got. When she was six, her father walked her around the United Center before the Bulls played the Celtics. She was excited by the crazy fans and feeling in the air. She looked forward to the day that she could see a real game. When she was thirteen, she learned to play the buckets. She was an extremely talented musician, a natural percussionist, and everyone on the block loved the rhythms that poured from her palms. By the time she was twenty-one, Penny was a successful businesswoman. Now she had everything that she had ever dreamed of and she truly loved to share her wealth and happiness with her family who supported her through all of the hard times.

What is the THEME?
  1. Don't be greedy.
  2. Material things make people happy.
  3. Happiness can be bought.
  4. Money is everything.
The Bulls and the Lion

A lion had been watching three bulls feeding in an open field. He had tried to attack them several times, but they kept together and helped each other to drive him off.

The lion had little hope of eating them, for he was no match for three strong bulls with their sharp horns and hoofs. But he could not keep away from that field, for it is hard to resist watching a good meal, even when there is little chance of getting it.

Then one day the bulls had a fight. When the hungry lion came to lick his chops and watch them as he did each day, he found them in separate corners of the field, as far away from one another as they could get.

It was now an easy matter for the lion to attack the bulls one at a time.

What is the moral of the story?
  1. Don't be greedy
  2. Don't tell a lie
  3. United we stand, divided we fall
  4. Don't try to eat something with horns
Where can you find the theme of a story?
  1. The title of the story
  2. Important images or symbols in the story
  3. General observations made by the author, narrator, or characters in the story
  4. Any moral suggested by the outcome of the conflict
  5. All of the above.
  6. Both A & C.
A story's theme is a message about life from the author to the reader.
  1. True
  2. False
Read the story titles and descriptions below. Then, decide which theme best fits the
story and write the title of each story and letter of the theme on your paper.

A. Believe in yourself
B. Good wins over evil
C. Surviving against the odds.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -Beautiful young Snow White marries a handsome young man despite attempts by her evil stepmother to be rid of her.

Mountain Majesty - Kristie Gordon fulfills her life dream of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.

We Made It!- Anthea and Tom Carson describe what it was like to be lost for a week in the forest without food or water.

Bully Free - The heart-warming story of a group of year four pupils and their efforts to rid their school of bullies.

Amazing Adventure - The story of Sasha, a poodle who returned to her family one year after running away.

Musical Notes - Follow Eileen McCay in her quest to become the youngest person ever to play with the London Symphony Orchestra.

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