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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

The Me

Step Three
The Me

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

What do you think a Big Idea means in a literature?
Big Ideas are
one word
abstract ideas or concepts that
in a text. We recognize the Big Idea through actions of characters and the plot of the novel.
Find the Big Idea
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.
is what the story teaches readers
is an extension of the big idea. It is
not a word
, but


In your theme, you need to have the
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".
are not explicit (clearly stated).

are implied.

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

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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