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Development of theme
Due Date: 8/15/2018
Subject: 7th Grade English

*Track the development of theme through the interaction of story elements (plot, setting, characters, conflict/resolution, POV/perspective, symbols)

Step 1: State the following: "I see how ___(story element)_____ contributes to ___(story element)_____ because....."

Step 2: Repeat step 1 with EACH element

Step 3: Determine how the author uses the elements to shape and refine the theme throughout the text

Class Notes from Tuesday, Aug. 14
Due Date: 8/14/2018
Subject: 7th Grade English

Theme: Life lesson, meaning, moral, or message about life or human nature that is communicated by a literary work.

In other words…

Theme is what the story teaches readers.




A theme is not a word, it is a sentence.


You dont have to agree with the theme to identify it.



Money cant buy happiness.

You can't judge a book by its cover.

Honesty is the best policy.



1.Theme is what we can learn from a story.

2.Themes must be inferred.
3.Themes are about the bigger picture.

Steps to determining a theme: "Seed to Theme"

Step 1: Ask yourself "What is the text mostly about?" (this is your seed)

Step 2: Ask yourself "What does the author want me to know about _______? (plug in your answer from step 1 here)

Step 3: State your theme as a sentence. "I know the theme is _______ because the text says __________.

Common topics/seeds:

Courage      Equality      Honesty     Dreams      Hope      Love     Kindness     Differences Family     Fears      Friendship     Jealousy     Being yourself      Hard work   Determination

Doing the right thing     Acceptance     Peace


Class Notes from Monday, Aug. 13
Due Date: 8/13/2018
Subject: 7th Grade English

Making Inferences NOT Predictions:


Inference: It's not directly written or specifically stated; it's "reading between the lines"; filling in (your head) what isn't written on the page; it comes from you.


Prediction: Is part of inferring; you can check your accuracy as you read; you can find out if you were correct or incorrect.


Good readers: Infer to figure out what the author is saying; read between the lines; look for the clues in pictures or words to help them figure out what it's about; keep thinking if their inference is correct or needs to be revised.



Ways to begin: (Sentence stems/starters)



The story said __________ which made me think ____________ ......




I think ____________ will happen because ____________ ......




When I read ____________ it made me realize ____________ ......




I can tell ____________ is ____________ because ____________ ......




How the character acts tells me ____________ ......




How the character feels tells me ____________ ......




What the character says tells me ____________ ......



Tactics to drawing an inference:


Step 1: Determine purpose for inferencing. Ask yourself what it is the author wants you to know. Can you make any predictions at this time?


Step 2: Find information from the text that will help you answer the question(s).


Step 3: Think about what you know about the information. Use your prior knowledge about the subject.


Step 4: Combine what the text says with what you know.




Vocabulary from "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto


Elective: an optional course


Scowl: to look at someone or something in an angry or disapproving way


Conviction: a strong belief