What is theme (review) 7th grade core ms. vanko part 1

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What is theme (review) 7th grade core ms. vanko part 1

  1. 1. TOPIC: Language Arts/Literature EQ: What Is Theme?
  2. 2. An Introduction to Theme! Theme is a key element of all literature —fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. The theme is what a story is really about: the author’s insight about life. The theme reveals a basic truth about our lives and human experience.
  3. 3. What do Themes focus on? Themes focus on the “big” topics in everyone’s life: Friendship Responsibility Love Ambition Loss
  4. 4. How Does An Author State Theme? A writer doesn’t usually state the theme directly. You probably wouldn’t want to read a story that begins this way: “This is a story that shows that friendship is more valuable than any object.” Theme is what the writer wants you to discover for yourself as you share the characters’ experiences.
  5. 5. NOTE: Subject Isn’t Theme Theme is not the same thing as the subject, or topic, of a work. The subject is what the work is about. The subject can usually be expressed in a word or two: EX: This is a story about popularity and friendship.
  6. 6. A theme is best expressed in a complete sentence: (DO NOT COPY CHART!) The chart below shows the difference between some subjects and themes. Subject Theme Bravery The courage to be unpopular can be one of the highest forms of bravery. Loneliness We can lose our sense of self when we are isolated from other people. Family A family’s love is most important during difficult times. Please use a complete sentence to state the theme of “Monsters Are Due On Maple Street.”
  7. 7. Analyze Theme Quick Check 3. What makes Ant work so hard? “True, but the air is chilly, Grasshopper. I’ve got to get ready for winter.” Ant trudged on. “Time enough for that!” Grasshopper called after. He leaned back, humming again. 4. Why does By and by, the chill became a freeze. Ant Grasshopper and his family were cozy in their anthill as snow visit Ant ? fell. One night, Ant heard tapping at the door. There stood Grasshopper, slapping his skinny legs to keep warm. “Let me in, Ant, old 5. Why does Ant buddy. It’s cold out here, and I’m so hungry.” hesitate to “I don’t know about that, Grasshopper. help You’re pretty big for this house, and you Grasshopper? probably eat more than all of us put together.”
  8. 8. Analyze Theme Quick Check “True, but the air is chilly, Grasshopper. I’ve got to get ready for winter.” Ant trudged on. “Time enough for that!” Grasshopper called after. He leaned back, humming again. By and by, the chill became a freeze. Ant and his family were cozy in their anthill as snow fell. One night, Ant heard tapping at the door. There stood Grasshopper, slapping his skinny legs to keep warm. “Let me in, Ant, old buddy. It’s cold out here, and I’m so hungry.” “I don’t know about that, Grasshopper. You’re pretty big for this house, and you probably eat more than all of us put together.” 6. Without knowing the end of the story, what do you think is a possible theme for the story?
  9. 9. Analyze Theme Your Turn 1. Think of a story that you know well. Identify the story’s theme and what it means to you. 2. Identify a favorite saying or quote that you think would make a good theme for a story. Explain why it has the qualities of a theme and what it conveys about life.
  10. 10. Analyze Theme Your Turn 3. The chart below lists three very general subjects for a story. In the right column of the chart, make up a theme for each. Try to choose a recurring theme—a theme that is important enough to have occurred again and again in literature. Subject Money Animals Death Recurring Theme

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