What is Theme? • Do you remember? • How would you explain what theme is?
Difference? • How is THEME different from the THEMATIC ISSUES? • Family • Love • Coming of Age • War
Revisit the Literary Elements We’ve Covered so Far • Setting • Characters • Static • Dynamic • Foil pairs 3) Christian Imagery • Allusions • Foreshadowing
Steps You Should Take • Identify that a literary element is happening! • Tracking elements in a journal is a good idea. • Think about how that element is treated IN the text. • This is why we encourage you to read actively! • Think about how you might be being pushed (by the author) to react to that and to learn from it.
For example…Setting What should we learn when characters overcome a very difficult setting? • Children overcoming the setting of Lord of the Flies What should we learn when a character challenges the “rules” of a setting? • Cates challenging the “rules” of Inherit the Wind
For example…Characters If a “good” character does “good” things, what should WE learn from that? • Ralph from Lord of the Flies • Cates from Inherit the Wind If a character changes(dynamic character)and learns about how to do things better, what should WE learn from that? • Rachel from Inherit the Wind
For example…Imagery What does it teach us if a “Christ-like” character dies (and does NOT return? • Simon in Lord of the Flies • Brady in Inherit the Wind • Joe in Johnny Got His Gun What does it teach us if a “Devil-like” character is defeated? • War in Johnny Got His Gun
In General… • If we see something “positive,” the text is probably trying to teach us that WE should do something similar. • If we see something “negative,” the text is probably trying to teach us that WE should do the opposite. • CHALLENGE • What is “positive”? What is “negative”?
Next Practice Steps • We must identify what is happening in the text. • We must THINK about those observations • We must CONSIDER what we are to learn THROUGH those observations!