RL.4.9 Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
Activity 1: Theme
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 (patterns of events) 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. For a clue look for the problem ans solution in the story and it will normaly help you figure out what the lesson is. 6. Cross off "The author believes" to make it a theme statement. 7. Back up you theme statement with text evidence