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A colleague and I were discussing the difference between concept and theme. Our definitions were different. She views theme as a one word, example change, and the author's message is the sentence or sub-statement from change, 'change is inevitable'. I explain theme as-'change is inevitable' (message gained while reading) and 'change'-concept. What is the CORRECT definition of theme?

Jul 23, 2014 9:24pm

The Common Core standard states that students can explain a theme of a story.

  • English Language Arts
  • 5
  • Common Core / Planning


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    • Jul 24, 2014 7:39am

      I agree with you. I tell my students that theme is the message about life that you can learn from the story. I also tell them it must be expressed in a sentence. If they try to give me a one-word theme, I ask them "What about change?"

      • Jul 24, 2014 8:54am

        Thanks Teri! Our building has been working diligently since the Common Core has been adopted to have us all 'unpack' ALSO understand clearly what it looks and sounds like for all children. We have finally common summative assessments and have had some conversations around each standard with resources. My 16 colleagues are still working on this too.

        • Jul 24, 2014 10:53am

          We've been working on unpacking the CCSS at my school too, although in Florida, they are now the Florida Standards (same exact ELA standards, just renamed). In fact, we worked on this during PLC meetings all last year. This summer, I've been part of a group working on creating frameworks based on the standards. The fun part will be getting ALL teachers to buy into these frameworks--not that they really have a choice.