Topic: traditional gender rolesTheme: women are in the kitchen (apron), men in the field, working (pitch fork)
Topic vs. Theme
What’s the Difference?
What’s a topic?
O A subject
O Something people talk or write about
What’s a theme?
O what the author is saying about a topic
O A main idea communicated (in full
O There may be multiple themes about one
topic in a piece.
O Many pieces cover more than one topic, so
there are usually many themes in a piece
Examine your topic in Night.
O Prepare for Socratic Seminar using the
O Identify passages worth talking about.
O Identify ideas worth reviewing.
O Develop open-ended questions to dig
O Identify themes and how Wiesel developed
them to figure out the purpose of your topic
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