How can we write our own insightful theme statements?
Think of this theme exercise like a snowball that starts out small and builds to something great and unexpected because of the help from our peers.
What is theme? and How do I find theme in a literary work? Watch this "How to find Theme" to answer these questions.
Follow these simple steps to create an interesting theme statement:
- Read the entire text. "Stamp Collector"
- Make a list of all the possible topics in the story.
- Identify the one subject that speaks loudest to you.
- Think, "what does the author want me to learn about this idea?": Write... The author believes____________________________ about the topic.
- Cross out the author believes and revise the statement. (make sure its specific and interesting)
See our class model below:
Evidence is written word for word using quotation marks. A brief explanation is also written to demonstrate the connection between the quote and the theme. (known as providing context) See image above.
When all groups have found 3 quotes and provided context for the quotes, papers are returned to the original group. Students are given an opportunity to go through information and clarify any confusion in evidence as a group.
Students write an expository paragraph explaining one of themes in the "Stamp Collector"
Here are 2 student exemplars:
Adding details happens typically after using a quote to explain further.
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