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- Identify the lessons in Holt McDougal Literature's Theme and Symbol chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
- Watch fun videos that cover the theme and symbol topics you need to learn or review.
- Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
- If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.
Students will learn:
- Examples of universal themes
- Importance of theme in literary works
- Examples of literary motifs
- Symbolism and imagery in literature
- How to determine a work's theme
- Setting and themes in Hurst's The Scarlet Ibis
- Deductive and inductive reasoning in essays or articles
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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.
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.
3. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.
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.
5. The Scarlet Ibis: Summary, Setting & Themes
This story is a dark and beautiful tale of brotherly love. In this lesson you'll learn the major events and ideas in the story and how the setting makes it both sad and lovely.
6. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article
Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.
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Other chapters within the Holt McDougal Literature Grade 9 Common Core Edition: Online Textbook Help course
- Holt McDougal Literature Introductory Unit
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 1: Narrative Structure
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 2 Characterization & Point of View
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 3: Setting, Mood, & Imagery
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 5: Author's Purpose
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 6: Argument & Persuasion
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 7: The Language of Poetry
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 8: Author's Style & Voice
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 9: History, Culture, & the Author
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 10: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 11: The Odyssey
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 12: The Power of Research