Ch 9: NES Middle Grades ELA: Literary Themes

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This chapter focuses on themes in literature. Watch the online video lessons and re-discover how to find a literary theme as you get set for relevant questions on the NES Middle Grades ELA examination. The lessons are animated and include short quizzes.

NES Middle Grades ELA: Literary Themes - Chapter Summary

Further develop your abilities in identifying the themes of poems, narratives and stories by watching all of the lessons in this chapter. One lesson points out the importance of paying attention to details in order to recognize the main idea of a passage. A subsequent lesson focuses on the functions of a story's plot, characters and setting. Review all of the lessons so that you can:

  • Define and provide examples of literary themes
  • Examine the contributions of literary motifs
  • Understand the implied main ideas of passages and sentences
  • Identify the central ideas and themes of well-known stories
  • Describe the process of theme development
  • Explore strategies for citing textual evidence

Our teachers provide their expertise by narrating the entertaining video lessons and answering submitted questions about literary themes. Use your mobile device to review the above topics online whenever you have a spare moment. The lessons are brief and include video tags for navigational purposes. You can also take the self-assessment quizzes and print out the results for even greater study convenience.

NES Middle Grades ELA: Literary Themes Chapter Objectives

The NES Middle Grades ELA examination has five content domains in all. Its second content domain is titled, Reading Various Text Forms and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature. The equivalent of 29% of the entire assessment score, this content domain includes questions to evaluate your capacity to interpret literary themes as well as your ability to analyze a story's plot and characters. You will have about three hours to complete the entire computer-administered assessment, which includes 150 multiple-choice questions.

6 Lessons in Chapter 9: NES Middle Grades ELA: Literary Themes
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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.

Citing Textual Evidence: Strategies & Examples

6. Citing Textual Evidence: Strategies & Examples

This lesson will show you how to avoid plagiarism by citing sources. We will look at several reasons why writers use quotes and how to integrate explicit evidence into an argument. Then, we will explore formats, footnotes, and bibliographies.

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