Determine the Theme of a Story

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Monster, Walter Dean Myers’s award-winning young adult novel, provides the text for a short video that models for viewers how to determine the theme of a story. The suggestion is that readers first identify the central idea of the story, and then determine what the author wants readers to think about that central idea, i.e., the message the author wants readers to connect to their own lives. This same approach could be used with any narrative.

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