Theme Chapter 4
Objective: We will be able to define Theme and genre • Objectives for later in the unit… • We will be able to determine the theme of a story • We will be able to compare works of different genres that have a universal theme • We will be able to cite evidence in the text that contributes to the development of a theme • We will be able to explain how the selection of genre shapes theme
APK=Activating Prior Knowledge • Q=What do you already know about THEME and/or the GENRE? • A=Genre is a category
Concept Development-Genres How would you categorize ___________? How do you know?
Concept Development-Genres “Taste, the Final Frontier” would be categorized as ____________. How do you know?
Concept Development-Theme • Themes are the fundamental ( ) and often universal ( ) ideas explored in a literary work. • Theme is THE MEssagethe text is trying to send the reader about a specific idea or topic
Concept Development • Checking for understanding • What is GENRE? • What are the two major GENRES of writing? • Can you name a sub-genre? • What is a THEME? • What is THEME NOT?
Importance • Why are Genre and Theme important? • Every book, movie, song belongs to a particular genre… • Most stories (including movies) have a THEME that the writer/director/producer is trying to convey to the audience…
Skill Development and Guided Practice Steps to figuring out THEME • Determine some general TOPICS the story is about • Figure out what the story’s MESSAGE about those topics is • Write the message the story/author is sending to the reader in a complete sentence
Skill Development and Guided Practice Practice with “Everyday Use” • Determine some general TOPICS the story was about • Family, Heritage, Heirlooms • Figure out what the story’s MESSAGE was about those topics • Pair share…what was the author’s message about Family, Heritage, Heirlooms?
Skill Development and Guided Practice • Write the message the story/author is sending to the reader in a complete sentence • Family is more important than social status and material possessions. • To really understand one’s heritage, one must understand and appreciate his/her ancestors. • Often times an heirloom’s sentimental value is more important than its monetary value.
Closure • What are the steps to figuring out theme?
Independent Practice • Time to APPLY • Independently or with a partner, determine a possible theme for one of the other stories we have read in class… • “The Love Letter”; “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket”; “Typhoid Fever”; “Cold Equations” • Follow the steps to determine a possible THEME
Theme • Cold Equations • Share out topics: • Consider how the main character changes • Consider the conflict of the story, and how it is resolved • Which of the topics does the story have the MOST to say about?
Theme • Make a specific statement from the story that reveals what the story has to say about the topic. • Now make the statement general so it can apply to a broad range of stories.