Monday, October 5, 2015

Reviewing Theme and Repairing Run-On Sentences

Fables can be useful when learning about theme.

Theme Revisited  We have been focused on identifying the theme of various pieces of literature so far this school year. From "Eleven" to "Nadia the Willful" to Any Small Goodness, we have used clues from what we've read to identify the important message about life that is being conveyed, the theme. Let's use today as a theme refresher, so the concept remains clear and at the forefront of our thinking as we read and discuss our various texts. 

Remember: The theme of a story is its big idea. It’s a message, lesson, or universal truth that goes beyond the literal events of the story. In other words, it’s an idea that applies to people in general—not just the characters in the story. An author doesn’t usually come right out and tell you what the theme is; as a reader, you need to infer it. A story can have more than one theme.

Fables can be useful when you are learning about theme. They have a special kind of theme called a moral, which is a short, clear lesson. Unlike other kinds of themes, morals are often directly stated, usually at the end of a story, either by one of the characters or by the narrator. Let's analyze some fables today and try to determine their morals, or themes. 

In your Language Arts Google Classroom, you will find the assignment What is Theme?, which we will use to develop our understanding of theme by examining various fables. 

Introducing Conjunctions and Repairing Run-On Sentences  We have also been focused on identifying dreaded run-on sentences and practicing ways to repair them. One way to do that is to use conjunctions. Allow your friends from Flocabulary to explain the power of conjunctions.
Now let's practice the three different strategies we've learned to fix run-on sentences: with a
period, semicolon, comma plus coordinating conjunction. You can find the Run-On Sentence Assignment in your Language Arts Google Classroom

Homework (1.) Complete the assignment What is theme? and the Run-On Sentence Assignment, both of which are due Friday, October 9. (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.)