RL4.2 :Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Topic: The topic is the subject of the text. For example, friendship, family, nature, and adventure can all be topics. Theme: The theme is the main message or lesson of a text. It is what the author believes or wants you to learn about the topic. For example, family is important.
Steps to identifying the theme:
1. Read the text 2. Identify the story elements 3. Make a list of topics 4. Pick one topic to write a sentence about what the author believes about that topic "The author believes _____ about ______(topic)." (Do not use character names, theme should be universal, not just for the one story, and do not be too vague) 5. Cross off "The author believes" to make it a theme statement. 6. Back up you theme statement with text evidence
Summaries should be short and to the point. Only the main parts of the story should be includes.