Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

Poisoned Apples

by Christine Heppermann


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You've spent more time wondering about themes than you might guess.

Think about it: Have you ever finished a book and asked, "What the heck was that about?" Have you ever heard someone say, "And the moral of the story is..."

What the book is about...what the story is trying to teach you. There it is:

The "theme."

Of course, it's one thing to say what a theme is, and it's another thing to tease a theme out of some of the books we cover here at 60second Recap. But here's the great news: Finding a book's theme doesn't have to be hard, at least once you know what to look for. Which you will by the time you get to the end of this 60second Recap.

Check out 60second Recap's complete seven-video mini-series, "Write the greatest essay ever! (Or just an essay that won't put your teacher to sleep)".

Recap Resource also offers a video-based Dictionary of Terms with explanations of key literary concepts--such as metaphor, symbols, motifs, themes--and a video tutorial on How to Make Your Own Recap-style videos.

Subjects covered include:

Picking your topic, Focusing your presentation, Writing your script, Editing yourself, Props, Graphics, and What to do once you're done!