Monday, September 14, 2015

Fixing Fragments and Introducing Theme

What is Theme?

Identifying and Fixing Fragments  Let's continue practicing identifying and working with fragments. Visit the Online Writing Lab today and identify whether the clause is a fragment or complete sentence in Exercise 1. After completing the 10 questions, click "show my score" and find our how you did. Next, try Exercise 2. This time you will be provided with fragment and you need to identify the choice that corrects the fragment so it is now a complete sentence. Once again, click "show my score" to get your results. Tomorrow, we will be having a 'Fragments Quiz' in which you will similarly need to be able to both identify fragments and correct them. If you would like to learn more about fragments and study for your quiz, try the links here and here.

Finally, for homework tonight, continue your practice by completing the activity Identifying Fragments - Practice, which can be found in your Language Arts Google Classroom.

Introduction to Theme in Literature  One of the elements of fiction that may not be very familiar to you is theme. You probably have been asked: What is the theme of the story? What exactly does that mean? Watch the video below to learn more.  

Now you understand that 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.

Next, let's consider some of the pieces of literature we've studied so far this year, including: Thank You, Mr. Falker, "Eleven," "Who's the New Kid?", "Dear Future," and "On Turning 10." What are some of the themes or messages about life of these various texts? Do any of these stories or poems have similar or shared themes? Head over to your class's Padlet wall (Period 2, Period 3, Period 5), choose one or more the pieces of literature we've read, and identify the theme.

Homework  (1.) Complete the assignment Identifying Fragments - Practice, which is due and must be 'turned in' by this Friday, September 18. (2.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least two entries by the end of the week.)