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Grade 8: Digging into Deeper Meaning

Digging into Deeper Meaning
What does literal and figurative mean? How can I use context clues to interpret possible meanings of figurative language? What meaning or feeling do music, colour and symbolism add to film?
What is the difference between theme and topic, or main idea, in a narrative?
Students explore a variety of texts to identify and interpret phrases that have a deeper meaning. Once we understand the main idea of text we will explore how to develop theme statements using a cooperative snowball activity. Students will work together to generate support for their themes and write a well developed paragraph. We will also explore a variety of poems and write many different types of poems in stations. We'll select our best piece, polish it and integrate images in the finished product.
Students are reading and viewing "The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore".
See the handout below:

Students worked individually and in pairs to discuss the deeper meaning behind…