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Ch 9: OAE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Literary Themes & Main Ideas

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Use the short video lessons in this chapter to learn more about identifying literary themes and main ideas. The lessons and self-assessment quizzes can assist in your preparation for the OAE Middle Grades English Language Arts assessment.

OAE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Literary Themes & Main Ideas - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter can help you brush up on how to identify literary themes and main ideas as you get ready to take the OAE Middle Grades English Language Arts assessment. The lessons take a closer look at these concepts so you're able to address questions related to:

  • Defining theme in literature
  • Examining literary motifs
  • Analyzing implied main idea
  • Finding the theme or central idea
  • Understanding how to analyze theme development in a text
  • Identifying strategies for citing textual evidence

The instructors in the video lessons offer step-by-step instructional guidance that helps you fully comprehend the materials. You also have the ability to review the videos whenever you like, which helps you absorb the information at a comfortable pace.

OAE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Literary Themes & Main Ideas Chapter Objectives

Ohio uses the OAE Middle Grades English Language Arts assessment to gauge the knowledge and skills of prospective educators as they prepare to teach the subject in the middle grades classroom and secure their teaching license in the state. The OAE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Literary Themes & Main Ideas chapter topics are found in the reading various text forms and analyzing and interpreting literature portion of the assessment. This section constitutes approximately 29% of the total test. You can watch the video lessons in this chapter and review video transcripts to strengthen your knowledge of literary themes and main ideas as you prepare for the assessment. Self-assessment quizzes are also available to gauge your readiness to take the test and grant access to questions formatted similarly to those you'll see on test day.

The assessment is composed of all multiple-choice questions that are based on specific test competencies. On the exam, you will be asked to read a question, which might take the form of a short paragraph, sentence or question. Each question is followed by four answers, one of which you will be required to choose as the best response.

5 Lessons in Chapter 9: OAE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Literary Themes & Main Ideas
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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.

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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