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, and I record all thoughts on this Google doc.
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.
All three of these pieces of media explored the theme of perseverance through challenging times, or through less than anticipated life changes.
Students will finish their theme baseline essays- due Monday (A day)/Tuesday (B day).