Ch 6: GACE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Themes in Written Works

About This Chapter

Let us show you how what you need to know about identifying themes in written works in preparation for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes add up to multiple approaches that can help you answer test questions correctly.

GACE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Themes in Written Works - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons found in this chapter to assist you as you review what you learned about themes in written works for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. The videos get you ready for any test questions on the following:

  • The definition for a theme
  • Literary motifs
  • The implied main idea
  • Finding the theme or central idea
  • Analyzing theme development

Our expert instructors present the material in clear, concise, easy-to-understand ways to help you review for the test. Our combination of video lessons and quizzes means you'll have the key concepts presented in more than one way, which can aid both your studying and your retention.

5 Lessons in Chapter 6: GACE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Themes in Written Works
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What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

1. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.

What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

2. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.

Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

3. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

4. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot

5. Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot

Once you can identify the plot, setting, characters, and theme of a story, there's still more to consider. In this lesson, you'll get a sense of how all four of those terms function together to have an effect on the reader.

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