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unit 2 lesson 15

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erika steinger

on 14 October 2014

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unit 2 lesson 15
Do Now
Tuesday, October 14th
Copy down the lesson EQ and the word of the day

Answer the following question in your binder.
In one word, what do you think "Two Kinds" is about?
make a list of possible one-word topics

Life lesson, moral, or message about life or human nature that is communicated by a literary work

In other words...
Theme is what the story teaches the readers about life
A theme is not a word, it is a sentence.
You don't have to personally agree with the theme in order to identify it.
Money can't buy happiness
It is better to die free than to live as a slave
Themes are almost always implicit, or implied
Shows up in diction and figurative language
Can be determined by the author's attitude toward the subject
Apparent in the characters' behaviors

What does this mean for the reader?
Theme vs Topic
Be careful not to confuse theme and topic!
A topic, or thematic idea, can be one word: love, hate, revenge, greed, jealousy, etc.
Thematic Statement

thematic idea
+ assertion about thematic idea
+ qualifying clause (when, because, etc.)
Inner beauty (thematic idea)
Can be difficult to see (assertion)
When the world only cares about your exterior (qualifying clause)
Thematic Essay
Explain how Tan uses the central conflict between mother and daughter to develop the theme of the work.
Fill out the graphic organizer on page 26
Example: Beauty and the Beast
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