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Copy of THE DARKNESS OUT THERE BY PENELOPE LIVELY
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In pairs, discuss what you believe the theme of a story means.
Write a definition on your post it note and come and stick it on the board.
If you are unsure, think of an example.
Extension: use another post it note to list examples.
Group the pictures based on what you think the running themes are.
Challenging question -
Which images might fall into more than one category?
"It makes you want to throw up.”
“I don’t go much on her.”
“Tea, my duck?”
“Don’t start on that... It always gives me the willies.”
“There weren’t any flames; it was just stuck there in the ground, end up, with mess everywhere.”
“Oh, lor, you mean he …’
“I thought, why should I do anything for you?”
“Tit for tat”
To explore the themes in ‘The Darkness Out There’.
Identify what a theme is.
Recognise and group different themes.
Explore one of the main themes in The Darkness Out There.
Theme: Life lesson, meaning, moral, or message about life or human nature that is communicated by a literary work.
In other words…
Theme is what the story teaches readers.
A theme is the central topic, subject, or concept the author is trying to point out.
Themes lie beneath the surface of a story.
There is usually more than one theme in a story.
Themes are not explicit (clearly stated)
Themes are implied.
Themes are bigger than the story.
You have three minutes to think of your favourite book, TV show or band – what major themes run through the content?
If you are unsure, think back to your film review.
Harry Potter has the themes of magic, friendship, good vs. evil and coming of age.
You have 5 minutes to read your given short story and determine the theme or message in each story.
When the time is up, you need to swap with the next group and do the same again!
What do you think the main themes of the story are?
This is important enough to the author for her to refer to it in the title of the story.
It is both literal darkness and light (the sunshine in which Sandra walks, the darkness of the wood) and a metaphorical contrast between evil and good.
LIGHT VS DARK
Looking at pages 23-24 and 32 -33, complete the table writing down all of the references to light.
Remember: literal AND metaphorical!
Extension:Write a paragraph explaining why the theme of light has been used in ‘The Darkness Out There’.
Complete the worksheet on literal and metaphorical darkness.
Literal darkness = the darkness of the wood
Metaphorical darkness = contrast between evil and good.
Plenary - Quiz
1) What is a theme?
a) The message of the story
b)The place where the story is set
c)The dialogue between the characters
2) Can there only be one theme in a story?
Plenary - Quiz
3) What are the three main themes of ‘The Darkness Out There’?
4) What does metaphorical light represent?
5) What does metaphorical darkness represent?