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HOW TO WRITE A GOOD THEMATIC STATEMENT
Transcript of HOW TO WRITE A GOOD THEMATIC STATEMENT
FIRST THINGS FIRST
WHAT IS THEME?
How to Find Theme
Now let's do one together.
1. Create a list of topics (on the board).
1. Get into groups of 3 or 4.
Look over the textual examples from the activity. Do they support your theme?
Fill in the blank on the handout.
Do you understand theme better after this video?
1. Create a list of topics that appear in the work of literature
List of Topics in Finding Nemo
2. Pick a topic
3. Write a sentence using the term that you picked. Begin with, "The author believes that..."
-Don't use specific names or characters; it should apply to any situation
-Don't be vague or state something that is obvious
The author believes that a person should learn how to trust others and themselves
4. Cross out "the author believes that". You have a theme statement!
A person should learn how to trust others and themselves.
using Finding Nemo!
2. Pick a topic.
3. Write a sentence using the topic. "The author believes that..." Remember, don't use specifics of the story- it should apply to any situation. Also, don't be so vague that the theme statement is totally obvious and boring.
4. Cross out "the author believes that." Ta-da!
NOW, IT'S YOUR TURN! Fill out your handout.
2. In your group, write three theme statements for the novel that you read in class. Use the process outlined on your handout.
3. Pick your strongest out of the three statements you wrote and write it at the top of a separate piece of paper.
4. Crumple your paper up into a ball and toss it to the group next to you, so that every group has a new theme statement.
5. Underneath each theme statement, write textual evidence for the theme. If possible, include page numbers and/or direct quotes.
A person should learn to trust others and himself.
-Nemo trusts himself by braving the air filter despite his damaged fin.
-Marlan trusts Dory and other creatures to lead him through the sea.
6. Continue passing the paper to the group next to you and adding textual evidence that supports the theme.
Answer the questions on your handout and turn it in for points.
Congrats! Now you know how to
write a thematic statement!