Teaching "Theme" with Children's Literature

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Theme, moral, topic? What’s the difference? High schoolers listen to a reading of the children’s book, The Cello of Mr. O and then individually identify a series of statements as either being an acceptable or unacceptable thematic statement for the story. 

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  • Jane Cutler’s story is a great choice for this first activity

  • While a definition of theme is included, neither definitions nor activities to support an understanding of the differences among theme, moral and topic are included.