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 All Books, Movies, and Stories have a theme that the writer wants to portray to their audience.  Almost all stories are made up to display a UNIVERSAL.

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3  All Books, Movies, and Stories have a theme that the writer wants to portray to their audience.  Almost all stories are made up to display a UNIVERSAL truth.  Universal truths make up the theme that the author, writer, director, etc. want you take away from their story.  If you determine the universal truth of a story, it can help you figure out the theme (or vice versa).

4 u·ni·ver·sal – adjective 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of all or the whole: universal experience. 2. applicable everywhere or in all cases; general: a universal cure. 3. affecting, concerning, or involving all: universal laws.

5  Think about the story “Eleven” you just heard. The main character Rachel has a problem, which of the following choices best describes Rachel’s problem? ◦ A) No one remembers that it’s Rachel’s birthday. ◦ B) Rachel’s teacher does not want Rachel to have a good birthday. ◦ C) The red sweater is really Rachel’s, but she’s embarrassed to admit it. ◦ D) Rachel’s birthday does not go the way that she wants it to.

6  Think about the story “Eleven” you just heard. The main character Rachel has a problem, which of the following choices best describes Rachel’s problem? ◦ A) No one remembers that it’s Rachel’s birthday. ◦ B) Rachel’s teacher does not want Rachel to have a good birthday. ◦ C) The red sweater is really Rachel’s, but she’s embarrassed to admit it. ◦ D) Rachel’s birthday does not go the way that she wants it to.

7 Start with the problem: Rachel’s birthday does not turn out the way that she wants. Next, eliminate the character to make a general statement about the problem: Birthdays don’t always turn out the way you want them to. Finally, broaden the topic so it can apply to any situation: Things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.

8 The following are some examples of universal truths that can apply to many different stories throughout history.  Responsibility; Fairness; Self-identity; Human rights; Justice.  Heroism; Reliance; Integrity; Courage;  Tolerance; Compassion; Love; Good vs. Evil, Relationships  Survival; Leadership; Aspirations; Promise-keeping; Diversity;  Heroism; Choice; Change/conflict; Self-reliance Of the following groups of truths, which do you think best apply to our theme – things don’t always turn out the way you want?

9 The following are some examples of universal truths that can apply to many different stories throughout history.  Responsibility; Fairness; Self-identity; Human rights; Justice. – This best matches our theme because Rachel has to come to terms with the fairness (or unfairness) of having a bad day on her birthday.  Heroism; Reliance; Integrity; Courage;  Tolerance; Compassion; Love; Good vs. Evil  Survival; Leadership; Aspirations; Promise-keeping; Diversity;  Heroism; Choice; Change/conflict; Self-reliance

10  Courage  Relationships (family/friends)  Independence  Justice  There’s no place like home.  Good things happen to those who are patient.  You can overcome any challenge if you believe in yourself.  It’s better to be yourself.


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