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Theme 5th Grade Powerpoint Assignments

Transcript of Theme

Subject vs. Theme
A theme is
a revelation about our lives

Let's look at the subject "government corruption and control" in "The Hunger Games".
Theme is what the author has to say about the subject
he or she has written about.
have MORE THAN ONE theme!
Some themes for "The Hunger Games" could be:
BE CAREFUL!!! Don't get too specific with your themes.
"Dwarfs are helpful"
is too specific
to the "Snow White" story.
Subjects are
one or two words
Finding meaning
in literature

Theme is not
Subjects are
what the author has chosen to write about
For example, the subject of "The Hunger Games" is dystopian society, government control and corruption, and overcoming challenges.
Try this!
What is the subject of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is about:
a beautiful princess
an evil queen
Theme is not plot either.
Plot is the series of event within a story.
running away
What is Suzanne Collins saying
government control and corruption?
This is the theme.
What Suzanne Collins is likely trying to say is, to quote Lord Acton,
Try this!
Using the
" for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", what is the
How do they eventually end up?
How are the jealous characters portrayed?
Before you decide on the theme, take a look at "jealousy" within the story.
What do they do?
Given what we know about the Evil Queen, who was jealous in the story, what is the author trying to tell us about jealousy?
Jealousy is a powerful emotion that can destroy lives.
This is
of the themes of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
A theme is the
truth about life
revealed in
a work of literature.
Theme is
a discovery of truth
Theme tends to focus on discoveries about
the BIG topics in everyone's life
BIG topics,
like what?
understanding the nature of love
accepting responsibility
understanding loss
dealing with ambition
discovering the joys and problems of friendship
Absolute power corrupts absolutely
Themes aren't specific to the work of literature you're reading. They're relevant to all of us.
Some themes for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs could be:
Teamwork often leads to success.
Making a difference takes hard work.
Everyone is their own person and no one belongs to anyone else.
Too much power can lead to chaos.
Love conquers all.
Good triumphs over evil.
Good people are blessed while bad people are punished.
"A bow and arrow will help you survive the Hunger Games"
is too specific
to "The Hunger Games"story
"Being evil will turn you into a witch and you'll fall off a cliff"
is too specific
to "Snow White".
"Splitting the country into districts would never work"
is too specific
to "The Hunger Games".
Themes are
a phrase or a sentence

hardship and struggle
Love conquers all.
Good triumphs over evil.
Crime doesn't pay.
Sacrifices bring reward.
Honesty is the best policy.
The End
What is the story about?
If it's written in
it's notes for
Theme is
the message of the story
A true theme must be

; that is, it's relevant to everyone
When writing a theme,

remember to get rid of the word YOU!!!
If you use the word "you" in your theme statement,
replace "you" with the word "one"
and your theme will still make sense.
what is the author trying to say about the subject?
what is the story about?
a handsome prince
a diamond mine
Theme is related to subject!
"Universal" means applicable to everyone on the planet.

Full transcript

I rarely use PowerPoints to introduce concepts, relying more on students discovering concepts. But, I thought direct instruction was more appropriate here, as it's something that they will need through their entire academic career.

I found this Theme PowerPoint online and modified it to fit my classroom and my kids. I liked that it had little excerpts of narrative in it and asked students to apply their knowledge. It was interactive, rather than strictly have students take notes.

When we got to the slides where it asks students to identify the themes of the excerpts, I gave them time to talk at their tables to arrive at an answer. Since it was the first time introducing the concept, there were different levels of mastery going on at each table and I wanted kids to feel comfortable sharing their thinking.

For the second half of the mini-lesson, I read aloud from our book, Ninth Ward and stopped at various points to discuss possible themes. I might say something like, "Here Lanesha is bringing up the foster care system again and, since she's brought it up several the fact that Mama YaYa doesn't get any money from the system, I think it might be a theme."