Monday, October 10, 2016

Quizzing Vocabulary and Introducing Theme

What is Theme?

Flocabulary Vocabulary Quiz  Happy Monday! You've learned, practiced, and studied your vocabulary words this past week. Now it's time to show me what you've learned! You can find your Vocabulary Quiz below. Good luck! 

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 3, Period 5, Period 6), choose one or more the pieces of literature we've read, and identify the theme.

Homework  Read for at least 30 minutes at home each school night.

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