Ch 9: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Understanding Theme in Literature

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Complete the lessons of this chapter to review the concept of themes in literature and how they can be identified as you study for the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Understanding Theme in Literature - Chapter Summary

Watch these lesson videos to prepare for questions on the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam about identifying themes in literature, and the literary tools that can be used to express these themes. Each lesson video is taught by a professional instructor and is mobile-device compatible, so that you have an effective and versatile way of studying:

  • Concept of literary themes
  • How to identify a theme or central idea of reading
  • Use of characters, setting and plot to develop themes
  • Implied main ideas
  • Use of literary motifs
  • Strategies for citing textual evidence

If you feel you would benefit from an alternative review of the material, try reading the lesson transcripts that present written overviews of the lessons. After completing these lessons be sure to test your comprehension of the material by taking the lesson quizzes that will also help you determine what topics you don't fully understand. Using video tags to return to the locations of the lessons that discuss your areas of weakness, fortify your understanding of the topics you didn't master.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Understanding Theme in Literature - Chapter Objectives

Prospective middle grades language arts teachers in New Mexico take the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam to demonstrate their knowledge of the material they will be tasked with teaching. This computer-based exam will assess your knowledge of these topics with as series of 150 multiple-choice questions, administered in a three-hour testing session. Knowledge you refresh from using the lessons in this chapter will help you prepare for multiple portions of the exam, but will primarily ready you for the domain focused on analyzing and interpreting literature, which constitutes 29% of the exam. Prepare for these questions by reviewing the material in this chapter about the concepts of literary themes, how to identify them and the literary tools used to form them.

6 Lessons in Chapter 9: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Understanding Theme in Literature
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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.

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

2. 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

3. 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.

Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples

4. 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!

What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

5. 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.

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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