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Theme in Literature (7th)

7th Grade ILA (Galloping Foxley) Presentation 1

Dana Hoover

on 7 September 2014

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Transcript of Theme in Literature (7th)

The story is the fortune cookie; the theme is
the fortune....the message you pull out!

Think about a theme song.
Doesn't it try to communicate
the "idea" of the entire show into
one short song? Watch this 80s television
show's theme song. See if you can use
it to figure out what
the show is about.
What did you write down?
Share 1 thing!

THINK GIRAFFE!! To come up with the theme, take the topic and S-T-R-E-T-C-H it!!!
If you were asked to write an essay about theme:
1. Identify the topic/subject.
2. Stretch the topic/subject into the theme.
3. Come up with one sentence! (Think bumper sticker)
4. Go back into the story and give all the details / events that support this theme! (prove that it's a workable theme)
THEME = the message the author is trying to communicate to the reader
A story can have more than one theme.
The author can come right out and tell you the theme---EXPLICIT, or give you enough clues to determine the theme on your own----IMPLICIT

A theme can not be one word! That's a topic/subject! You can't say that the theme of a story is FRIENDSHIP! That's the topic!
Topic/Subject = Friendship
To turn this into a theme, s-t-r-e-t-c-h it!
Theme= Good friends make the challenges in life a lot easier to deal with.
The theme should be able to be
written in one sentence or two.
It's almost as if the theme is a
bumper sticker for the book.
Watch this video to identify the theme.
We are going to explore TEXTUAL EVIDENCE!
Let's read a classic story, "The Emperor's New Clothes"
very carefully, as we will use it to complete the next activity. It's written by Hans Christian Anderson, a Danish author, who gave us some very important fairy tales! (Ugly Duckling, Princess and the Pea,
Little Mermaid) Let's take a look at Hans.

Wedding day
Birthday party
What's the theme?
What do you remember about ROALD DAHL?
Get out a piece of looseleaf paper. You will
watch a video clip on THEME and take notes as you're watching!
We will read "Galloping
You know that a CHARACTER
TRAIT is an adjective that describes
a character. Take a look at the character
trait resource. Choose one from the list,
or come up with your own trait, to
describe the emperor. Do this now.
Let's Watch "Galloping Foxley"
Disastrous fortunes on a special event
What's the theme?
Give your supporting evidence?
Use your ACE cards to help
you write it! You will share it with the class.
This marks the
end of this prezi.
Writing Assignment!
1. You will be given a secret theme.
2. You will write a story with this IMPLICIT THEME.
3. The story will be glued onto a large fortune cookie.
4. Write the theme on the fortune strip. Insert it into the cookie.
5. You will read aloud the story!
You can't just assign a trait to the emperor. That would be like having a stool without legs. You
have to prove it! That's where TEXTUAL EVIDENCE comes in!
What does the text say??
1. Look at common theme topics.
2. Stretch it! (Think Bumper Sticker)
3. Give your textual evidence to support your theme.
Use the ACE cards.
-You will be given a theme.
-Write a story that has that theme, but DO NOT come right out and tell the reader what the theme is!
-Make sure you have plenty of supporting details to support the theme! (stool legs)
-Edit your story.
-Use the brown grocery bag / paper to cut out a large fortune cookie. You will write your story on the fortune cookie. (You can write it on paper and glue it on.)
-Write the theme you were given on a sentence-strip style sheet of white paper. Insert that into the fortune cookie, so that it can be pulled out to be viewed.
OUR READING GOAL- TO IDENTIFY THE THEME and provide supporting evidence from the text. (textual evidence)
7th Grade- ILA

Let's take a look at some of the most common themes in literature:
(prior to being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d)

friendship accepting differences
family compassion / kindness
teamwork good triumphs over evil
love value culture and tradition
perseverance making good choices
honesty self-acceptance
trust responsibility
So let's take one of the common theme topics. S-T-R-E-T-C-H it to convey a message that would fit on a bumper sticker.
Sample : Friendship
The antidote for fifty enemies is
one friend.
What would happen to a stool
if it did not have any legs?
Proving your point or telling how you know something by going back into the text and finding evidence that supports what you are saying. You'll also use your SCHEMA. (filing cabinet in your head)
<---- It's the legs on your stool! Without it, your point or what you know, would fall apart!
What character trait is revealed
about the emperor as the story
unfolds? Choose one trait and
support it with text evidence.
You are going to go back into the text, and
find all the evidence that proves the emperor
is what you say he is. Use your ACE cards!
We'll do this following the RACE method.
Teacher- Pass out ACE card template.
Here is the question you will be answering:
What character trait is revealed about the emperor
through his actions as the story unfolds? Choose 1
trait and support your answer with textual evidence.
On the A card- write your ANSWER.
In "The Emperor's New Clothes," the emperor's
actions reveal that he is _________________.
On the C and E cards, you will cite your textual
evidence in the form of well-written
sentences. Be detailed! The more evidence
you have, the better!
For example, you could not simply
say that Snow White was helpful. You'd have to go back into the story
and cite all the evidence that proves she's helpful!
Cite = state
Evidence = everything that was
done that proves your point.
To give TEXTUAL EVIDENCE, and when
answering any question, we use the
(R)ACE method.
R = restate the question in your answer
A = answer the question (incorporate R here)
C E = ---> Cite your evidence! (elaborate)

A = answer the question succinctly, restating the question. (succinct- expressed in few words...concise)
C = cite text evidence that strongly supports your answer.
E= explain how the text evidence supports your answer. Elaborate.
Basically, you are answering the question,
"What does the text say?"
We are going to create a set
of ACE cards to help us remember
this very important info!
A = answer the question succinctly, restating the question.
C = cite text evidence that strongly supports your answer.
E= explain how the text evidence supports your answer. Elaborate.
Distribute ACE CARDS!
1. Look at common theme topics.
2. Stretch it! (Think Bumper Sticker)
3. Give your textual evidence to support your theme.
Use the ACE cards.
Let's spend 4 minutes with Roald:
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