What is Theme?

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Trying to find the theme of a story can freeze the hearts of class members. But here's a resource that provides new hope for learners. Disney's Frozen and Episode IV of the Star Wars series are featured in a presentation that models for viewers how to distinguish between the subject of a work and its central theme.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Create groups of class members who have seen the same film or read the same work; have them develop a statement about the central theme of the piece, and present their statement and their rationale to the class
Classroom Considerations

  • The presentation assumes viewers have studied Arthur Miller's The Crucible and seen both Star Wars: A New Hope and Frozen
Pros

  • The colorful slides distinguish between a subject and the central theme of a work
  • Offers models of weak and strong thematic statements
  • The included prompt provides an opportunity for individuals to craft an original thematic statement about Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Cons

  • None