Reflection: Relevance Life Lessons and Theme - Section 2: Instruction

 

Theme is always that concept that students either get or don't get.  I think it really depends on each individual student's background and maturity.  Theme requires you think in an abstract way about the story.  It also helps if you have experience with text, which we know some students don't.  

Using the songs from TV shows and asking the students to "pick a theme song" that would describe their lives, is very relevant and seemed to help them understand the concept.  

When dealing with text, I did see them struggle to come up with the theme.  They just seemed to lack the vocabulary to describe the theme.  I began giving them some choices to pick from and most students really soared having this assistance.  This could be used as a transition for struggling students.  

Overall, I was pleased with the students interest in this lesson as well as their motivation and work ethic.  It kept them busy and engaged.  

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Life Lessons and Theme

Unit 3: Unit 2: Part I- Elements of Fiction
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze video clips and complex text for theme

Big Idea: THINK BIG! Students are asked to step outside of their concrete worlds to think big and identify theme.

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