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Identifying Theme in Literature

SWBAT identify theme in literature by using graphic organizers in order to draw deeper meaning from texts
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Mary Ashley Federer

on 9 September 2013

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Identifying Theme
SWBAT identify theme in literature by using graphic organizers in order to draw deeper meaning from texts
Today's Objective or Goal:
1. What is Theme?


2. Give an example of a book, TV show, or song that has taught you a moral lesson. How did the show teach you a lesson?
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Theme: A universal truth or moral life lesson
Before we start a little vocabulary...

Moral (noun): A lesson about right or
wrong conduct

Stated: Explicitly stated
Implied: Suggested; not stated
The theme in a book is the message the author is trying to convey about life
What is Theme?
Theme: A universal truth or moral life lesson
Themes are conveyed through movies, music, tv shows, and books
We study theme because it can help us understand morals in tv shows, music, movies, and books. Also, if we can identify theme in stories we can identify theme in our own lives.
Stated themes are the when the life lesson is explicitly stated by the author

Most of the time though themes are implied, or in other words,it is conveyed through lessons characters learn
Types of Theme:
How can we identify theme in a book?
Miss Independent by Ne-Yo
She got her own thing,That's why I love her,
Miss Independent,Ooh the way we shine
Miss Independent yeah,Ooh there's somethin' about her
Kinda woman that can do for herself
I look at her and it makes me proud
There's somethin' about her
For Example:
Notice the theme is a sentence or phrase, not a word.
The 5 Step Process
Examples of Theme:
Can you think of any examples of common themes?
Good vs Evil: The goody guy always wins
Live life to the fullest
Treat others the way they want to be treated
Sharing is caring
Theme: Independent women deserve love and respect
Keep Your Head Up by 2Pac
Keep ya head up, ooo, child things are gonna get easier
Ooo, child things are gonna get brighter
Keep ya head up, ooo, child things are gonna get easier
Ooo, child things are gonna get brighter
Theme: Even in tough times you have to have hope
What Makes You beautiful by One Direction
You don't know you're beautiful,If only you saw what I can see,
You'll understand why I want you so desperately,
Right now I'm looking at you and I can't believe,
You don't know,Oh ohYou don't know you're beautiful,Oh oh,
Theme: Sometimes you don't realize your beautiful
1. Identify the major characters
2. What are the major characters doing or feeling at the beginning of the story?
3. What are the major characters doing or feeling at the end of the story?
4. What did the characters learn?
5. Pick the multiple choice answer that fits most closely/ explain your answer in an essay
Let's try it with some children's stories
What do the characters do or feel in the beginning?
What do the characters do or feel in the end?
What do the characters learn?
King Midas is greedy and wants more wealth so he wishes for the golden touch
King Midas regrets his golden touch because he can not live and is left all alone
Wealth is not the most important thing in life and greediness can lead to disaster
Now you try!
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