Monday, October 20, 2014

Introducing Theme and a New 100 Word Challenge

What is Theme?
Introduction to Theme in Literature  Theme is the meaning or moral of a story. It is a message about life or human nature that the writer shares with the reader. Most themes are unstated. You must figure them out by paying attention to what happens in a story. You can gather clues to the theme of a piece of literature by looking at the characters, the plot, the setting, and the story title

For more on what the "theme of a story" is and how to identify it, watch the short video below. 

Next, for practice, analyze a favorite movie or novel and then try to determine its theme. The assignment Identifying Theme can be found in your Language Arts folders. 

This Week's 100 Word Challenge  There's a bit of a twist to this week's 100 Word Challenge. You are not required to write a story inspired by a set of words but rather by an image. You can find advice from the folks at 100 Word Challenge and the image below.  
What story will this mysterious image inspire you to write?
Where will your story take place? What happens there? Who is the mysterious figure? I can't wait to see what you come up with. You can find the assignment 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge in your Language Arts folders. Continue to use descriptive language, imagery, and other literary devices in your writing. Bring the image above to life in the minds of your readers. Good luck!  

Miguel, Showcase Writer
Showcase Writer: Miguel  Many of you continue to get wonderful feedback on your writing from readers all over the world. One student in particular just received a very special recognition for his "Suddenly I was able to see" story. Our very own Miguel, from Period 2, was singled out for his heartwarming story about a blind boy who dreams of seeing as part of the Week 6 Showcase. His name and story have been published internationally and he will receive a special showcase badge and certificate for his achievement. If you see Miguel, give him props for this special honor!  His original story and new showcase badge are featured below. 

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a digital Reading Log entry. A new Reading Log for Quarter 2 has been placed in your Language Arts folders. Please use it this quarter. (2.) Get started on your 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge story. (3.) Complete the Identifying Theme assignment. Due: Friday, October October 24