Ch 8: Ohio Assessments ELA: Themes & Main Ideas

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Use the video lessons in this chapter on themes and main ideas to prepare for the Ohio Assessments English Language Arts assessment. You can watch engaging lessons on literary motifs, implied main ideas and more, then take lesson quizzes to assess your comprehension of the materials.

Ohio Assessments ELA: Themes & Main Ideas - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can help strengthen your knowledge of themes and main ideas in literature as you prepare to take the Ohio Assessments for Educators English Language Arts assessment. The videos can serve as refreshers to ensure you're ready to answer questions on the test that address the following:

  • Defining theme in literature
  • Understanding the definition of literary motifs
  • Finding the theme or central idea
  • Analyzing theme development in a text
  • Defining implied main idea

The instructors in the video lessons guide you through the steps you need to fully comprehend the materials. Learning in a relaxed online environment gives you the opportunity to absorb the information at your own pace.

Ohio Assessments ELA: Themes & Main Ideas Chapter Objectives

The Ohio Assessments ELA assessment is designed to test your knowledge of the subject as you get ready to teach it in the classroom. The assessment also determines whether you're qualified to secure your educator licensure in Ohio. The topics covered in this chapter can be found in the analyzing and interpreting literature portion of the exam, which constitutes about 23% of the total test. In addition to watching fun video lessons, you can take self-assessment quizzes to gauge how well you understand the materials and practice answering the types of questions you will encounter on test day.

All questions on the exam are multiple choice and many require you to read or examine an excerpt, passage or illustration before reading the question. Following each question is a set of four answers. You will be required to choose one from the set of four as the best response to the question posed.

5 Lessons in Chapter 8: Ohio Assessments ELA: 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.

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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