Reflection: Checks for Understanding How to find the Theme of a Short Story - Section 2: Building Knowledge


After checking their answers I understood that many students had a basic understanding of the story but fixated on the story's events versus the theme by answering, "Edwardo should't steal."

One student understood the concept of theme with his response, “The lesson of the story is that if you want something, you should work for it and not steal or taking the easy way out.” This response showed me that the student is processing the events of the story and removing a larger idea, one which can be directly applied to someone’s life. 

  Theme versus Subject
  Checks for Understanding: Theme versus Subject
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How to find the Theme of a Short Story

Unit 3: Short Fiction: Back to Basics
Lesson 6 of 12

Objective: SWBAT determine how theme develops over the course of a narrative, shaped by specific details, and how to analyze the central theme by using a teacher designed Identifying Theme activity.

Big Idea: What is the difference between Theme and Subject when analyzing a short story ?

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English / Language Arts, Short Stories, theme, characterization
  75 minutes
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