Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Analyzing Theme in 'Any Small Goodness'

Today you will analyze the theme of Any Small Goodness.

 Today's Focus Question    How can we determine the theme or a central idea of a text through an examination of a story's characters?

Analyzing Theme in Any Small Goodness  We may have finished reading the novel Any Small Goodness, but our work with the text is not yet done. Today we will begin analyzing the theme of the novel, which will prepare us to write a final paragraph in which we identify its theme and provide evidence and analysis to support our understanding. 

As you know 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.

As we've read the novel, we have thought about some possible themes for Any Small Goodness. I have consolidated the best of those ideas into a menu of themes that you will be able to choose from. Your first task is to examine the list of potential themes for Any Small Goodness below and select the one that you would like to write about. 

Once you have identified your chosen theme, you will begin to find and analyze evidence from the text that provides support for that theme. Specifically, I would like you to identify one character from the beginning, the middle, and the end of the novel, who through their actions and/or words best reveals your selected theme. Next, I want you to go deeper and explain why the evidence you found is important to understanding the theme. 

Today you will use the document Any Small Goodness - Theme Analysis Pre-Writing, which can be found in your Language Arts Google Classroom to organize your evidence and analysis. Over the next several days, you will use this pre-writing work to craft an organized paragraph in which you formally analyze one of the themes of Any Small Goodness

Homework (1.) Read for at least 30 minutes at home each school night. (2.) Continue working on your Any Small Goodness - Theme Analysis Pre-Writing.

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