Ch 2: Central Theme or Idea: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2

About This Chapter

Guide your students through analysis of central themes and motifs in literature with these fun videos supporting the 7th grade Common Core literacy standards. Use the suggestions below for ideas on bringing these lessons to your classroom.

Standard: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.2)

About This Chapter

As your students grow in their understanding of central ideas and themes in literature they will be able to describe and relate to the content of various literary works. They will develop an understanding of the text beyond simply repeating the words of the author, employing basic analysis to the setting and development of the story. The videos in this chapter discuss:

  • Definitions of theme and motif
  • Methods for finding themes and central ideas
  • How to analyze the development of theme in a text

Students with a highly developed understanding of these topics can engage more deeply with literature, applying the content of a text to the historical and social factors which draw out the underlying purpose and projections of the author. When asked to describe the text, they should be able to articulate the central ideas and theme and how they arrived at that analysis.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Use these suggestions to help use these videos in your classroom.

Exploring themes in real life

After watching the videos in this chapter as a class, have students think of a series of events in their own life which are connected by a common theme. Have them journal about the events and what theme(s) may be pulled from them. How might they translate the events into a motif for a fictional story?

Theme reduction

Watch the video on analyzing theme development with your students, then read and discuss a well-known story or fable as a class. Have students discuss the story in small groups. How can the story be reduced to its central idea? What did the author do to magnify the elements of the theme through its development?

Homework videos

Have students watch each video as homework during the week. They are short enough to fit into their busy schedules and can be viewed on mobile devices for extra flexibility. Complete the chapter test as a class to gauge understanding and synthesis of core concepts.

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