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Theme and Big Idea

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Kimberly McCleary

on 18 July 2013

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Transcript of Theme and Big Idea

Big Idea
Step One
Step Two
The Me
ssage

The Me
ssage

Step Three
The Me
ssage

OBJECTIVE
Today you will be able to justify and defend a big idea and theme in a PTI

DO NOW
What do you think a Big Idea means in a literature?
Big Ideas are
one word
abstract ideas or concepts that
recurs
in a text. We recognize the Big Idea through actions of characters and the plot of the novel.
Find the Big Idea
Identity
Do: Work with your partner to find examples to support the big idea of identity?
Predict/Infer a theme related to this big idea
Life lesson, meaning, moral, or the message about life or human nature that is communicated by a literary work.
Theme
is what the story teaches readers
A
theme
is an extension of the big idea. It is
not a word
, but
a
sentence.

Examples

In your theme, you need to have the
text
+
a verb
+
the big idea
+
how it affects
the characters or the general events in
the book.

In Part-Time Indian, the author shows how substance abuse can suppress an entire culture

In The Avengers, the director shows how greed unleashes brutal consequences, and must be countered by the sacrifice of the "heroes".
Themes
are not explicit (clearly stated).

Themes
are implied.

Themes
are not details, but the overall generalization the author is making over the whole text.
Do: Explain the difference between big idea and theme to your neighbor.
Find Evidence To Back Up Your Theme
1)
Hope

2)
In Part- Time Indian, the author shows, that hope is hard to come by.
3) "I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats"(6).

i.e love, war, identity, friendship
In your small groups take on two big ideas from the board and identify and defend one theme related to each big ideas.
Big Ideas
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