Theme Tutorial

Theme Tutorial

Author: Jake Magneson

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from
details in the text, including how characters in a story
or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in
a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

This is a fifth grade literature standard for Common Core

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Major and Minor Themes

Source: "Theme - Examples and Definition of Theme." Literary Devices. N.p., 12 Aug. 2013. Web. 28 June 2016.

What is a theme?

Source: OnDemandInstruction. "What Is Theme?" YouTube. YouTube, 25 Sept. 2012. Web. 28 June 2016.

The Big Question: Finding a Theme

Now that you have watched the video, read the article, viewed the slide show, and taken the quiz, all that is left is for you to demonstrate your ability to find a theme in a creative work.  I want you to use a word processing program and type a one page paper about a theme you find.  The paper must be double spaced, 12 point font, and include a header with your name, our class name, the date the assignment is due, and my name (in that order).  I would like you to find a theme in something that you have watched or read.  This could be a book, a movie, a short story, or a poem.  If you use a TV show, try to find a theme across multiple episodes.  Tell me where you found the theme in the work, what the work was, and what theme you found. Discuss the theme, and how it changed the way you thought about your work.  Hand your papers in next time we meet in class as you walk in.

EXTRA CREDIT: For bonus points you can write a little bit more, identifying and discussing another theme from the work that you read.  Tell me how the two themes differ.  Tell me how they can both be seen in the same work.