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19 September: Getting to Theme


I can determine themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text to make connections between my reading and the world around me (RL/RI 2).

Entry Task:

As you come in, grab your binder and get settled in your seat ready to play a Blooket with our unit vocabulary.

Because we have not spent the time as a class discussing and practicing with our unit vocabulary, your unit vocabulary quiz will be an extension assessment offered on Friday.

What’s Going On:

Today we will discuss how we will create complex theme statements for the texts we read throughout this course. To begin, we use this handout and slideshow to gather takeaways from our unit texts.

We will use these takeaways to move toward developing deep themes for our unit texts. Please know that theme is a challenging concept that we will build upon and practice in each of our units within this course.

Together we will go over them using your handout and this presentation. Keep this handout in the resources section of your notebook.

Exit Task:

Take time to use the theme guidance and the provided story takeaways to write your first theme statement. This one sentence is an assessment grade that you will receive feedback on and have an opportunity to make revisions on if you submit your theme to me today.

You may also use your theme statements as a starting point for your unit essay, which we will discuss during the next class meeting.


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