A theme is a central idea to a story, a general statement or truth that can be applied to many different situations. Stories can have more than one theme, and each theme can be stated in different ways. You just have to support your chosen theme with evidence from the text.
For example, in the book "There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom," one of the themes is "believe in yourself." The reason this can be one of the themes is because of how Bradley Chalkers changes. For most of the story, Bradley doesn't believe in himself. He has low self esteem and therefore treats other people and himself badly. When his counsellor, Carla Davis, shows that she believes in Bradley no matter what, and convinces him that he's a great kid, Bradley's self esteem improves. He learns to believe in himself, and by doing that, he starts to work hard at school, be kind to his peers, and finally make real friends.
The theme of a story develops as characters respond to challenges. During the climax of a story, a character usually has to change or make a tough decision. By the end of the story, a character usually thinks or acts differently because of something they learned. This is when the theme becomes clear. By analyzing the challenges, the climax, and the character changes, you can figure out the theme.
This Week's Prompt:
Describe a theme of a book you have finished this year. Support your reasoning with evidence from the text. Remember to explain enough of the story so that people who haven't read it can understand what it is essentially about.
I look forward to reading your ideas about theme!