Understanding and Determining Literary Themes

Understanding and Determining Literary Themes

Author: Laura Fay

RL.7.2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text. Essential Unit Question: What is theme?

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How to Find a Theme

Take notes during the video and be prepared to respond to three question on the quiz regarding theme and the difference between them and subject.

Source: Mistersato411. (2011, August 8). How to find a theme. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4qME64SkxM

List of Common Universal Themes

Copy down the different themes in your notebook to use a resource during the school year. The image is a resource to understanding the different types of themes presented in a novel.

Source: Wallpaper222. (n.d.). Image gallery for : universal themes in literature. Retrieved from http://wallpaper222.com/explore/universal-themes-in-literature/

Finding a Theme in a Book

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Read this article to determine how fables are trying to teach the reader about a moral. After reading write one sentence in your notebooks to explain what it means to have a message in a story.

Source: AboutEducation. (n.d.). How to Find the Theme of a Book. Retrieved from http://homeworktips.about.com/od/writingabookreport/a/theme.htm