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Different-Story Stories

exploring a good book's many themes, then writing a new story that teaches the same theme

Student Writer Instructions:

A theme is a sentence about a the message a story is trying to teach us. Most great stories have a message that has been decided upon before the author writes the story.

Six-Dinner Sid by Inga Moore is a great story because it has a lot of possible themes or messages it is trying to help its readers connect with. Neighbors should talk to each other is one possible theme that Six-Dinner Sid might be trying to teach us. When secrets become known, sometimes you realize that they never needed to be a secret is another. Cats are clever but kind of shallow is another.

Can you think of any other themes that Six-Dinner Sid is trying to teach us about life? Remember a theme has to be a complete sentence, and it has to speak to a general truth in life.

When you have a list of themes from the story, choose a favorite one. Then...plan a different story--with different characters and a different setting--that teaches the exact same theme.

When you write your story, try to start with a very powerful first sentence (or a series of sentences), so that your reader can't help but want to read the entire story.

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