Section 4 Assignment: Theme Analysis

Task 1:

Read the following instructions about Big Ideas and Themes:

Theme:  

A theme is a thought or idea the author presents to the reader that may be deep or difficult to understand.  Themes are the underlying meanings of a story, universal truths or significant statements the author makes about society, human nature, life or living.  Often the themes are closely tied to the changes the main characters are undergoing.  Themes do not have to be morals or rules about how to live; they can simply be observations about the true nature of life and living.

 

Big Ideas:

Themes must be distinguished from big ideas.  Big ideas are large, abstract topics that a story may cover.  For example, “friendship” may be a big idea in a story.  However, to say that a novel’s theme is “friendship” is not clear.  You must determine the big ideas in a text before you can determine the themes.

Theme Statements:

The theme statement is the sentence expressing the specific observation the author is making about the true nature of friendship.  For example, the themes may be, “Friends are a person’s most valuable possession,” or “Friends can never be trusted if their own interests are opposed to yours.”  Theme statements should be specific and complete sentences.  However, theme statements should not include the names of characters or specific events from the text.  The characters and events make up your evidence.  Theme statements should begin with the sentence starter, “In the text, the author reveals…”

Theme Analysis:

When you are trying to find the themes of piece of writing, you should follow these steps:

1.         Make a list of the “big ideas” that are in the text.

2.         For each “big idea,” make a list of all of the important details from the novel                        that relate to that idea.

3.         Determine what specific messages about the big ideas the author is sending to                    the readers through the characters and events.

4.         Support the themes with specific evidence from the text.

 

Task 2:

Complete the Theme Analysis Summary worksheet from the class binder.

Task 3:

Complete the Theme Analysis worksheet from the class binder.

 

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Section 3 Assignment: The Soundtrack

Task A:   

Select a song that would be a perfect fit for the soundtrack of your graphic novel and explain why it is the perfect song in a proper paragraph.

Note: The song you select may not have any inappropriate lyrics and the video for the song may not contain any inappropriate images or themes.

Be Sure to Include:

-why it connects to the graphic novel and how it adds to a reader’s understanding of the graphic novel

-at least three ways the song connects to the novel.  Make specific reference to the lyrics of the song and the events, characters and themes in the novel.

-begin with a topic sentence like:

The song __________________________ connects to the graphic novel ___________________ in many ways.

-introduce your three arguments with sentences like:

One way the song ____________________ connects to the graphic novel is through its ____________________________________.

 

In Your Blog Post include:

A. The YouTube video of the song (Click Add Media then Insert Youtube)

B. The lyrics of your song (cut and paste)

C.  The Analysis Paragraph

 

Steps:

1.  Find a song that connects to the graphic novel.

2.  Make a brainstorming list of how the song connects to the novel and what it adds to our understanding of events, characters and themes.

3.  Write a rough copy of a proper 10-15  sentence paragraph which describes at least three ways that the song and graphic novel connect.  Be sure to make specific reference to the lyrics and the song.

4.  Edit your draft for errors in thinking and writing in a different colour ink.

5.  Post a polished copy your paragraph to your blog.

Length:  Write one 10-15 sentence analysis paragraphs

 

Task B:

Read and comment on two of your classmates’ song choices and explanations.

Length: 5 sentence post

 

Section 1 Assignment: Images of Tragedy

Images of Tragedy

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  The Tragedy by Pablo Picasso

 Both of the graphic novels focus on the big idea of dealing with tragedy and hardship.  Complete both of the following tasks (A and B) to explore that big idea.

Task A:  Examine how Picasso’s painting The Tragedy connects to and explores the big idea of tragedy and hardship.  Explain how three different parts of the painting connect to the big idea.

Length:  Write one 10-15 sentence analysis paragraph

Steps:

1.  Examine Picasso’s painting The Tragedy.

2.  Make a brainstorming list of how the artist uses the subjects in the painting as well as colour, shading, brushstrokes, etc. to emphasize the idea of tragedy and hardship.

3.  Write a rough copy of a proper 10-15  sentence paragraph which describes three ways that the artist conveys the idea of tragedy or connects to the idea of tragedy in the painting.  Organize your paragraph with a proper topic sentence and transitions.

4.  Edit your draft for errors in thinking and writing in a different colour ink.

5.  Post a polished copy your paragraph to your blog.

 

AND

 

Task B: Find another image, photograph or painting that focuses on the big idea of tragedy or hardship and examine how it connects to the big idea.  Explain how three different parts of the painting connect to the big idea.

Length:  Write one 10-15 sentence analysis paragraphs

Steps:

1.  Use Google Images to complete a search on the word Tragedy.

2.  Select a particularly interesting image, follow the image to its source and read about the image and the site that posted it or presented it.

3.   Make a brainstorming list of how the artist uses the subjects in the painting as well as colour, shading, brushstrokes, etc. to emphasize the idea of tragedy and hardship.

3.  Write a rough copy of a proper 10-15  sentence paragraph which describes three ways that the artist conveys the idea of tragedy or connects to the idea of tragedy in the image.  Organize your paragraph with a proper topic sentence and transitions.

4.  Edit your draft for errors in thinking and writing in a different colour ink.

5.  Post a polished copy your paragraph and your image to your blog.

Format:

Each paragraph should contain:

 

-Creative Title

 

-Topic Sentence (1)

Ex.  Picasso’s painting presents the idea of tragedy in many ways.

-First Technique (1)

Ex.  One technique the painting uses to present tragedy is the colours.

-Description of how artist uses technique (2)

-Explanation of how technique shows tragedy (3-4)

-Transition + Second Technique (1)

Ex.  Another technique the painting uses to present tragedy is the figures in the painting.

-Description of how artist uses technique (2)

-Explanation of how technique shows tragedy (3-4)

-Transition + Final Technique (1)

-Description of how artist uses technique (2)

-Explanation of how technique shows tragedy (3-4)

-Closing Sentence  (1)