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  1. Theme Statement Review • Remember a theme statement is a sentence that argues a point about how you see the theme topic throughout the story. • You have to think about what the story you read reveals about that theme topic. • Ask yourself the following question: • What does this story reveal about ___(topic)___?

  2. Evaluate Theme Statements • Good examples of theme statements: • In The Last of the Mohicans, love and sacrifice lead to a character’s uprising. • What is the theme topic? • What does this writer say the movie reveals about that topic?

  3. Evaluate Theme Statements • Good examples of theme statements: • In The Last of the Mohicans, heroism leads to success for the Mohicans. • What is the theme topic? • What does this writer say the movie reveals about that topic?

  4. Evaluate Theme Statements • Good examples of theme statements: • In The Last of the Mohicans, following intuition over reason upholds the survival of the characters. • What is the theme topic? • What does this writer say the movie reveals about that topic?

  5. Common Mistakes • Common mistakes noticed when writing theme statements: • The writer does not discuss what the story reveals about your topic. • The writer restates or defines the theme topic in a complete sentence. • The theme statement is a specific statement and not a general one. • The writer does not have an argument about the theme topic. • The topic is not apparent throughout the entire work, and therefore makes the theme statement too limited.

  6. Evaluate Theme Statements • Theme statements that missed the mark: • In The Last of the Mohicans, there is a battle between good and evil in the movie. • What wrong with this attempted theme statement? • Can you identify the topic? • Can you identify an argument? • Is it a general statement or too specific?

  7. Evaluate Theme Statements • Theme statements that missed the mark: • In The Last of the Mohicans, many of the characters do heroic things. • What wrong with this attempted theme statement? • Can you identify the topic? • Can you identify an argument? • Is it a general statement or too specific?

  8. Evaluate Theme Statements • Theme statements that missed the mark: • In The Last of the Mohicans, man encounters hardships of the natural world. • What wrong with this attempted theme statement? • Can you identify the topic? • Can you identify an argument? • Is it a general statement or too specific?

  9. Evaluate Theme Statements • Theme statements that missed the mark: • In The Last of the Mohicans, is about love because Hawkeye falls in love with Cora and causes them to get into tough situations. • What wrong with this attempted theme statement? • Can you identify the topic? • Can you identify an argument? • Is it a general statement or too specific?

  10. Evaluate Theme Statements • Theme statements that missed the mark: • In The Last of the Mohicans, Hawkeye’s Mohican name symbolizes that he is an excellent marksmen. • What wrong with this attempted theme statement? • Can you identify the topic? • Can you identify an argument? • Is it a general statement or too specific?

  11. Creating a Theme Statement for “The Masque of the Red Death” • Think about the four theme topics you discussed yesterday: mortality (death), versions of reality (appearance v. reality), fear, or foolishness and folly. • Choose one and write your theme topic. • Think about your brainstorming discussion assignment from yesterday. • What do you think the story reveals about ____(your topic)____? • Write a theme statement that follows this format: • In “The Masque of the Red Death,” Poe shows that (fill in your revelation from above making it a complete sentence)

  12. Brainstorming for Extended Theme Paragraph • What are the additional skills we focused on during this Dark Romanticism? (Think about the targets on your bellringers.) • Diction • Mood/Tone • Characteristics of Dark Romanticism • Find examples from the story (text) that you think supports each of these skills AND your theme statement. Complete the chart below:

  13. Writing About Theme Write an extended paragraph that proves your theme statement from “The Masque of the Red Death 1. TS: Identify Theme Statement. Include the title of the work and author. Diction Chunk : 2. SS: First example from text that supports theme. WRITE YOUR QUOTE FROM THE STORY INTO A SENTENCE. 3. EX: DO NOT SUMMARIZE THE QUOTE! Explain why that example supports that theme. This should be more than one sentence long. Mood/Tone Chunk: 4. SS: Second example from text that supports theme. WRITE YOUR QUOTE FROM THE STORY INTO A SENTENCE. 5. EX: DO NOT SUMMARIZE THE QUOTE! ! Explain why that example supports that theme. This should be more than one sentence long. Dark Romanticism Chunk: 6. SS: Third example from text that supports theme. WRITE YOUR QUOTE FROM THE STORY INTO A SENTENCE. 7. EX: DO NOT SUMMARIZE THE QUOTE! Explain why that example supports that theme. This should be more than one sentence long. 8. CS: Explain the overall significance of the theme to the story. What do you think Washington Irving is saying about your theme topic?