What is the theme of a story?
The theme is the message or lesson that we can learn from what happens in the story. The way we show the theme is by finding examples in the text that support what we think the theme is.
We read lots of stories to practice finding the theme, and we looked for examples from the story that supported the theme we chose.
One of the stories we read was Teammates, by Peter Golenbock. This is the true story of how baseball player PeeWee Reese showed his friendship to Jackie Robinson during Jackie's difficult first year playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
We also watched two short video clips that showed the special relationship that Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese shared.
After we read the story and watched the videos, we filled out the following sheet. We used both the video clips and the story to find examples to support our position that the theme is to accept and appreciate each other, despite any differences we might see at first.
Finally it was time to practice. We read two different folktales from our reading series.
After we finished we used the app Comic Life to review character, setting, and plot, and also explain what we thought the theme of the story was.
Some of us read the story Coyote and Rabbit.
Here is Claire and Kaydance's Comic Life about the theme of this story.
These two girls came up with a good theme for the story.
Jack and Kaiya did a good job determining the theme.
Here is Tessa and Lexi's interpretation of the theme of that story.
Some of us read the folktale Groudhog's New Home.
Here is Jaelyn and Ruby's explanation of the theme from Groundhog's New Home.
These two ladies are great theme detectives!
In order to figure out the theme, you have to really think about the book and the journey the characters take.
Think about one of your favorite books. What do you think the theme of the story is? Why do you think that?
For example, one of my all-time favorite books is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I believe the theme of that story is that Good will always triumph over Evil in the end. I believe that is the theme because even though it is difficult, Aslan and the children defeat the White Witch.
Please share one of your favorite books and what you believe the theme is in the comment section below!