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Finding Your Way to the Theme
Transcript of Finding Your Way to the Theme
12 Common Themes
Look at the list of 12 common themes. In your poet groups, decide which theme (you can only pick one!) best encompasses "All Summer in a Day." Everyone should write this down in their notes.
Be prepared to defend and share your answer.
Now that we have discussed theme (what it is, what makes it "good" or "bad") and decided on a few (or one) that fits our story, write a quick answer to ONE of the following questions:
1. Why do you think Ray Bradbury wrote this story?
2. Why do you think it was put in a 6th grade literature textbook?
A Little About Ray...
"The problem with the world is doomsayers. We're surrounded by negative people; I can't stand them. I found out about them when I was 9 years old. Everyone made fun of me, in the fourth and fifth grade, because I collected the Buck Rogers comic strips. That was 1929. The future was never going to arrive. And I've been surrounded by people who never believed in the future. And it was true then; it's true today.
So I - in that particular year, I tore up my comic strips. And a month later, I burst into tears and said to myself: Why am I weeping? Who died? And the answer was: me. I'd allowed these fools to kill me, and to kill the future. "
What is a theme?
Definition: A theme is a main idea, or message, of an essay, paragraph, movie, video game, novel, etc. THE MEssage may be about life, society, or human nature. Themes often explore timeless and universal ideas and are almost always implied rather than stated explicitly.
Make a Prediction!
What timeless or universal idea do you think is explored by Ray Bradbury in "All Summer in a Day?"
Answer the following question on your note paper: Do you think there is always only ONE theme in a story? Why or why not?
If you said "no," explain what makes a "good" theme versus a "bad" theme.
And my favorite question of all!
On your note sheet write down an answer to the following question:
Why do we study literature?