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Flowers for Algernon
Transcript of Flowers for Algernon
How do you discover a theme?
Arriving At A Theme
What is a theme in literature?
Titles and subtitles
Development or Change
Repetition (like the menu)
Which of the following does NOT describe Charlie's personality before his operation?
The author wrote this short story to ________ the reader with/about/to _________.
In order to achieve this purpose, the author use _______ to show ________.
What lesson do you think the author is trying to teach us? Why?
Theme and Character Development
A theme is an author's message or ideas that are explored
Reading this story made me:
A) better understand people with disabilities
B) identify with Charlie because I have a disability, or feel that I'm not as good as other people
C) grateful that I don't have a disability
D) want to learn more about people with disabilities
Charlie knows that the experiment might
A) kill him C) turn him into a mouse
B) only be temporary D) make him lose friends
Objective: You will learn how to formulate a theme using textual evidence
The author wrote this short story to educate the reader about the developmentally disabled
In order to achieve this purpose the author used a diary to show an intimate narrative
The author is trying to teach us what's it's like to live with this impairment to increase tolerance and compassion (p. 45)
The author embeds clues known as literary tools
Highlighting these tools, or other specifics in the text, is called citing textual evidence.
You must use textual evidence to substantiate your opinion when analyzing literature
Let's look at his development