Poem A Day:
Today’s objective: Students will analyze strategies storytellers use to develop themes so they can deliver a theme of their choice through use of narrative techniques in an original short story.
Students will continue to practice identifying themes and articulating those themes. I want them to discuss themes with their peers, so that they can practice developing and defending their ideas.
Because I want them to practice developing their own language for discussing these ideas, I will be showing some visual storytelling today.
First we will ease into it, using a wonderfully inspiring and adorable short movie called “Scared is Scared” . Students will work in small groups to decide what the theme is and write a short paragraph together describing it and telling me how they know that’s the theme using specific examples from the film.
Next, we will watch a wordless film- “Piper.” Students will work together again to figure out what the theme is and they will be asked to think about HOW the creators of the film delivered that theme- without words, no less! They will share their ideas out with the class.
To recap- we will discuss how themes are ideas and lessons and messages and feelings that we can all relate to- they are shared universal human experiences, and they speak to who we are and what our nature is- what is humanity? stories and their themes help us to answer that question.
Students will finish their theme baseline essays- due Monday (A day)/Tuesday (B day).