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Ch 15: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Identifying Themes in Written Works

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You can support your 6th-8th grade language arts students' review of identifying themes in written works for the summative SBA ELA with this compact assortment of lessons. Snappy quizzes and a chapter test can let you know in the span of minutes how they're doing!

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Identifying Themes in Written Works - Chapter Summary

Has your students' understanding of literary motifs grown a little hazy throughout the year? This chapter offers practical lessons on that topic and more to review all aspects of themes in writing for the SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts/Literacy) 6-8. All the topics below are ready and waiting for your use:

  • Examples of literature themes
  • Literary motifs
  • Implied main idea
  • Strategies for finding the central idea or theme
  • Setting, character and plot development related to theme

Our video lessons are a breeze to use and may be paused, repeated and viewed as many times as desired. They also offer video tags for ease of returning to specific parts of the presentations. Text lessons have links to additional information for even more learning support.

5 Lessons in Chapter 15: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Identifying Themes in Written Works
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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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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