Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Reading and Chunking to Analyze Details and Theme - Section 4: Wrap Up


Student responses included, "People are not really there" and "He didn't want you to know where they were from" and "In war people don't matter if they live or die only who wins." The last comment was on target and I suggested this was the theme of "The Sniper."  I went on to explain that wars reduces human beings to just objects with no real identities. People have no names, no faces and as the student said, people are just targets to be shot at. 
We also discussed the ending and came to the conclusion that war knows no boundaries, including family connections. Students were surprised at the ending. The story's message of how hatred and violence lead to unfortunate outcomes and in this case lead to a brother kiling a brother. 

  Student Responses to Theme
  Student Led Inquiry: Student Responses to Theme
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Reading and Chunking to Analyze Details and Theme

Unit 3: Short Fiction: Back to Basics
Lesson 8 of 12

Objective: SWBAT analyze the theme which develops over the course of the story "The Sniper," by "chunking" theme, plot, and characterization.

Big Idea: How students benefit from "chunking" their reading into smaller bits of information.

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