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Determining Theme and Central Idea

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The theme of a fable is its moral
The theme of a parable is its teaching
The theme of a piece of fiction is its view about life and how people behave
Identifying Theme in Fiction
Each Detail Can Contribute to the Development and Refinement of the Theme
Different Interpretations of Theme
Where Can We Find It?
Theme is not directly presented at all. It is implied.
Follow Along With In Your Document
Determining Theme and Central Idea
For example:
Though themes emerge from details of a work, which are the same for everyone, people may interpret the details differently.
Example
Literary Elements as Clues to Theme
What are some titles of movies or books that may suggest theme?
Model
What two statements enhance the idea of destruction?
If the helmet symbolizes Montag's job to destroy books, what might the books symbolize?
How do the words "flapping pigeon-winged books" add horror to the commonplace domestic setting?
How does Montag's rigid smile help express the theme of censorship's "passion for destruction"?
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Your Turn
In the following short films, you will try to identify the theme represented in each.

Input your answers into the document you've been using.
Film #1: "For The Birds"
Ok, no talking!
What is the theme? Write what you think and 2-3 sentences supporting your claim. Be specific! Reference the video!
So what did you think? Talk to your group. If you think you misinterpreted the theme, take this time to change your answer.
Discuss as a class!
"For the Birds"
The pitfalls of peer pressure
Or
What goes around comes around
Film #2: "Doug's Special Mission"

Ok, no talking!
What is the theme? Write what you think and 2-3 sentences supporting your claim. Be specific! Reference the video!
So what did you think? Talk to your group. If you think you misinterpreted the theme, take this time to change your answer.
Film #3: "La Luna"
What is the theme? Write what you think and 2-3 sentences supporting your claim. Be specific! Reference the video!
Ok, no talking!
Complete the doc and hit "Turn In".
Navigate to Google Classroom and open up the assignment titled "Identifying Theme Notes and Assignment".


1. Check and complete any prior assignments!
2. Read in your free reading book!
3. Work quietly!
When you are finished . . .
Works of nonfiction express central, or main, ideas
Central ideas
are the key arguments, positions, or points writers communicate in works of literary nonfiction.
Author's Purpose
The author's purpose is his or her main reason for writing.
The three main purposes for writing are
to persuade,

to inform or explain
, and
to entertain
.
You determine main idea by identifying how individual detail relate to one another.
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